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The Hampton Nautical Brass/Wood Griffith Astro Telescope 44" with view finder is a beautiful solid brass refractor telescope mounted on a wooden tripod. This telescope is a fully functioning nautical masterpiece that can be given as a gift for any occasion, or placed in your home, office or boat. Both scopes are solid brass with a 12x magnification. Focusing is accomplished by adjusting the eyepiece ring on the telescope tube. This solid brass nautical gem adds a shine to any room it enters. A removable brass cap, connected by a chain, protects the objective lens.
The wooden tripod stand features smooth, polished round legs, each with solid brass fittings and a screw release to let you adjust the height. A solid brass chain holds the three wooden legs together so the telescope can maintain its position.
Dimensions: 44" H x 15" W x 18" L
Polished brass telescope with wood-cased body
Glass optics for a clear view (not plastic lenses)
Fully functional telescope focuses and magnifies
Sturdy wooden tripod supports telescope when viewing
After hearing of the first telescopes, Galileo set out to design one of his own and, at a 1609 demonstration, presented one of these antique nautical instruments to visiting Venetian senators. This device allowed the senators to view ships approaching a full two hours before they were visible with the naked eye. Coming to be called a telescope, from the Greek ‘tele’ for ‘far’, and ‘skopein’ for ‘to look or see, ’ the device was embraced by the military and much sought after. Within a year Galileo had created a telescope capable of much higher magnification and became the first person to study the moons of Jupiter, the phases of Venus, and the hills and valleys of the moon. Although the earliest of these antique nautical instruments suffered from a lack of proper lenses, they were a scientific revolution prompting some of the best minds of the time to research, design, and test new technologies. In attempts to create telescopes of greater magnification and clearer image, the size of the telescope often grew to over a hundred feet in length, an unstable design that was prone to collapse. Because of the massive size and setups, these telescopes were stationary, difficult and expensive to build, and not particularly effective. However, with large advances made in both the refracting and reflecting lenses, and the desire for knowledge during the Scientific Revolution, these antique nautical instruments grew ever smaller, leading to the best tabletop telescope possible. Over the next hundred years lenses were redesigned by scientists throughout Europe and new telescopes were created that featured sharper images, smaller lenses, and a size that was manageable by a single person. Combined with the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and the resulting dramatic increase in technology and industry, the brass telescope with tripod spread throughout Europe and became an essential tool used by sailors and astronomers alike.
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