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Sectioned refracting telescope, 18th century.

Sectioned refracting telescope, 18th century.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


This replica of a refracting telescope follows a design that was popular during the 18th century. It has a three-lens eyepiece, and all its lenses are chromatic, meaning the image being viewed would have been blurred by fringes of colour. The telescope was sectioned in 1958.

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