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Floor Standing Brass/Leather Griffith Astro Telescope 64"
Beautifully crafted this Brass/Leather Griffith Astro Telescope 64” is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing. Mounted on a sturdy wooden tripod, this refractor telescope can be given as a gift or used to decorate any room or office with stylish nautical flare.
Both the telescope and viewfinder are solid brass, with up to 15x magnification, and focusing is accomplished by adjusting the eyepiece ring on the telescope tube. A removable brass cap, connected by a chain, protects the objective lens when not in use.
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: 64" H x 25" W x 32" L
- 15X Magnification
- Durable solid brass with leather-wrapped body
- Viewfinder provides additional line of sight
- Sturdy wooden tripod supports telescope when viewing
- Custom engraving/photo etching available: Logos, pictures or slogans can be easily put on any item. Typical minimum custom order is 100+ pieces. Minimum lead-time to produce and engrave is 4+ weeks.
One of the earliest known mentions of a device that may have become the marine telescope was by 13th Century by English Philosopher Roger Bacon in his treatise Opus Majus. In his writing, Bacon notes the use of “transparent bodies,” or lenses, placed in such as way so that “we may see (an) object near or at a distance.” During the next hundred years large advances in lenses, made for spectacles, lead to theories about a device that could be used for long distance sighting. A little more than 200 years after the first written account of a possible telescope, in 1589, the Italian scholar Giambattista della Porta wrote about a theoretical device that “can recognize a man several miles away,” using both concave and convex lenses. By 1608 the first true marine telescope patent was applied for in the Netherlands, although it would be the famed physicist and astronomer Galileo who created the first well known telescope. After hearing of the device, Galileo designed one of his own for a 1609 presentation to visiting Venetian senators. With the demonstration a success, and military applications recognized, the marine telescope as we know it was born. Within the next few decades brass telescopes evolved, using different lengths, lenses, and mirrors, until the Scientific Revolution allowed for industrial and mechanical advances far superior. Following these advances, the antique brass telescope telescope became available to many ship’s captains throughout the vast seas, enabling greater navigation and strategic planning, and increasing the safety of sailing.