Assembled height: 9 inches (23inches) Length 11 inches (28cm)
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A 2½ inch reflecting telescope by John Cuthbert, London, circa 1852. This Gregorian cylindrical brass telescope retains its original fitted mahogany box. There is also a tripod stand with levelling screws which allows the telescope to be used on a table while focussing is achieved by moving the tiny mirror at the top of the tube. Signed on the back plate John Cuthbert, London. English, circa 1852.
Provenance: Richard Gomer Berry, 3rd Viscount Kemsley
Gregorian telescopes were reflecting telescopes which used the Gregorian optical configuration, first proposed by the Scottish mathematician James Gregory (1638-1675) in 1663, to produce upright images. This is a convenience for a telescope that could be used for both terrestrial viewing as well as for looking at objects in the sky. Apart from mirrored glass rather than polished metal mirrors the design and efficiency of these instruments altered little over 100 years.
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