By Neil English
Vintage telescopes are of curiosity to beginner astronomers for a number of purposes. There are the devoted creditors, yet there also are many amateurs who love the nostalgia they motivate. those telescopes «feel» various from any modern telescope and maybe have a different skill to reconnect the landlord to a bygone age of craftmanship. This ebook takes a glance at conventional telescopes equipped via the nice software makers of the 18th and nineteenth centuries, relatively the dynastic telescope makers, together with Dollond, Alvan Clark, Thomas Cooke & Sons, and Carl Zeiss. additionally incorporated are lesser luminaries akin to John Brashear, John Calver, William Wray, Henry Fitz, and William Henry Mogey.
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Lieutenant James Cook was chosen to command the expedition to Tahiti. Dollond’s business success was greatly aided by the needs of the army and navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The enormous demand for his instruments by the British army and navy led Dollond to develop their characteristic ‘Army telescope,’ adorned by a mahogany bound body and brass collapsible tubes. These ‘signaling telescopes,’ as they came to be known, ranged in length from 14 to 52 in.. The company also developed their so-called ‘pocket perspective glasses’ for the general public (Fig.
For the next two decades, Taylor dedicated himself to the advancement of optical knowledge. In 1891, he published a new treatise on refractor optics, The Adjustment and Testing of Telescope Objectives, followed in 1906 by a System of Applied Optics, which still Voices from the Grave 31 serve as invaluable resources today. Arguably Taylor’s crowning technical achievement was the design and construction of a new kind of refractor objective – an instrument that could be used both photographically as well as visually.
Smyth soon sought out the great observatories of Europe, learning how The Admirable Admiral 23 to use the astronomical instruments at their Royal Observatory, Greenwich, as well as those established at Palermo, Sicily. Curiously, in the same way that Lord Nelson had met his future wife, the Lady Hamilton, while at the Neapolitan Court, so too did Captain Smyth become acquainted with Miss Annarella Warrington, the daughter of a future British Consul, at the same court. They subsequently married, and unlike Nelson’s, the matrimonial union proved a long and happy one.