This beautifully crafted Floor Standing Solid Brass - Wood Griffith Astro Telescope 64" is a true work of art as well as a fully functional nautical tool. Mounted on a wooden tripod for sturdy use, this telescope body is incased in wood and makes a fabulous gift and adds a sophisticated air to any room it graces. Place one in your home, office, or aboard your very own ship, and gaze out over the horizon as you sail into the sunset.
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: 32" Long x 25" Wide x 64" High
Solid brass construction is durable and beautiful
Glass optics for a clear view (not plastic lenses)
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.
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Formaldehyde, and Styrene, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Chromium and Toluene, which are known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
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.