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Huygens' aerial telescope, 1738.

Huygens' aerial telescope, 1738.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


Engraved plate taken from 'A Compleat System of Opticks' (1738, Vol II, page 353, plate 152) by Robert Smith, showing Christian Huygens' (1629-1687) 210-foot aerial telescope in use. The optics, tube and mounting of this telescope were donated by Huygens to the Royal Society of London, who in turn gave the majority of the telescope to the Science Museum, London.

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