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Captains Chrome Spyglass 15

Captain's Chrome Spyglass 15"

Overall Dims: 15" L x 2" W x 2" H

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Captain's Chrome Spyglass 15"


The Hampton Nautical Premium Quality 15" Chrome Spyglass Telescope is a great gift for a nautical navigator in your family. The spyglass measures 15" when its four chrome tubes, which are clear coated to protect the chrome from tarnishing, are fully extended. The diameter of the objective lens is 30 mm. The spyglass is 5" when collapsed and features a stitched, leather wrapped handle. This spyglass also comes with a solid chrome cap to protect the lens. Simply adjust telescope tube length to bring into clear focus.

The 15" Spyglass is shipped in a beautiful felt-lined, brass-inlaid hardwood case. The box is crafted from smooth hardwood, with a gloss finish, and features brass side inlets and the Hampton Nautical brass anchor-with-rope logo on the top.

Dimensions: 15" L x 2" W x 2" H 



  • 10X Magnification
  • Glass optics for a clear view (not plastic lenses)
  • Fully functional solid chrome spyglass focuses and magnifies 
  • Solid rosewood box adorned with brass anchor emblem
  • 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.


Additional Information

While glass lenses were being perfected for spectacles throughout Europe, the first mention of using such concave and convex lenses for a spyglass telescope were made in 1589. Giambattista della Porta makes mention of a theoretical device stating “…to make glasses that can recognize a man several miles away,” with both a concave and convex lens together “to see both things afar off, and things near hand.” Following this natural progression, the first spyglass telescope was created by spectacle makers in the Netherlands. In 1608 Hans Lippershay became the first person to apply for a patent on the spyglass telescope, though his patent was rejected. Simply hearing of this device, Galileo crafted his own design, and at a 1609 demonstration, presented Venetian senators with a device that allowed them to view the sails of ships approaching off the coast a full two hours before they were visible with the naked eye.  It was this device that first became called a telescope, from the Greek ‘tele’ for ‘far’, and ‘skopein’ for ‘to look or see.’ Named by a Greek scientist at the convention the teleskopos was born. Within a year Galileo had created a telescope capable of much higher magnification, becoming the first person to discover the moons of Jupiter, sun spots, and the hills and valleys of the moon. As a precursor to marine telescopes, this antique brass spyglass forever changed history.