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Terrestrial telescope
Eyepiece tube
Terrestrial telescope

Inv. 2559
V.23 Terrestrial telescope
End of the seventeenth century
Cardboard, leather, parchment
Length circa 1400 mm


Terrestrial telescope, now missing all the lenses, formed from seven sections. The tubes are of cardboard; the largest one, which contained the eyepiece, is covered in green leather with gold tooling and the coat-of-arms of the Medici family. The other tubes, covered in white parchment (now turned yellow), contain a diaphragm in the front part. In the first two sections is a small tube which accommodated the lenses of the composite eyepiece. The objective was lodged in the smaller section. The instrument is probably of English construction.

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