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Admiral's Chrome Spyglass Telescope 27" w/ Rosewood Box
The Hampton Nautical Premium Quality 27" Chrome Spy Glass Telescope is a great gift for a nautical navigator in your family. The spy glass measures 27" when its four chrome tubes, which are clear coated to protect the chrome from tarnishing, are fully extended. The spy glass is 9" when collapsed and features a leather stitched handle. This spy glass also comes with a solid chrome cap to protect the lens. Simply adjust telescope length to bring image into focus.
The 27" spy glass is shipped in a beautiful felt-lined, brass-inlaid hardwood case. The box is smooth hardwood, gloss finished, featuring brass side inlets and the Hampton Nautical solid brass anchor-with-rope logo on the top. The box measures 9.5" wide and has a solid brass clasp in front
- 12X Magnification
- Polished chrome spy glass body
- Glass optics for a clear view (not plastic lenses)
- Fully functional spy glass focuses and magnifies
- Solid rosewood box adorned with brass anchor emblem
- Custom engraving available on large quantity orders (call us for information)
The earliest antique nautical telescope suffered from the lack of proper focusing lenses, causing the images to be blurred and distorted. In attempts to create marine telescopes of greater magnification, and clearer image, often times the physical length of the telescope reached sizes up to hundreds of feet. At this time telescopes were stationary, difficult and expensive to build, and not of a particularly high quality. However, with Galileo’s feat of engineering, further research was continued throughout Europe by many of the time’s leading scientists. In 1611 Johannes Kepler switched a concave eyepiece with that of a convex piece allowing for a larger field of view, although the image was inverted. Five years later Italian Niccolo Zucchi created the first reflecting telescope by replacing the lens of a refracting telescope spyglass with a bronze mirror that he attempted to view through a hand held lens. During this time large advances were made in both the refracting and reflecting marine telescopes as the period known as the Scientific Revolution began in Europe. In 1637 Rene Descartes placed multiple lenses together to create a sharper image and pinpoint of light, and in 1668 Isaac Newton created the first practical reflecting telescope using small mirrors to reflect the light to an eyepiece positioned on the side of the telescope. Over the next hundred years the marine telescope was designed and redesigned by scientists throughout Europe as massive telescopes were created, new lenses and mirrors were designed and tested, and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution lead to a dramatic increase in technology and industry.