Shuckburgh telescope

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Shuckburgh telescope
Shuckburg Telescope.jpg
Alternative names Shuckburgh equatorial refracting telescope Edit this at Wikidata
Location(s) United Kingdom Edit this at Wikidata
Telescope style optical telescope Edit this on Wikidata
Diameter 4.1 in (0.10 m) Edit this at Wikidata
Mounting Equatorial mount Edit this at Wikidata

The Shuckburgh telescope or Shuckburgh equatorial refracting telescope was a 4.1 inch diameter aperture telescope on an equatorial mount completed in 1791 for Sir George Shuckburgh (1751–1804) in Warwickshire, England, and built by British instrument maker Jesse Ramsden (1735–1800).[1][2][3][4][5] It was transferred to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich in 1811 and the London Science Museum in 1929.[2] Even though it was not particularly successful, its design was influential.[3] It was one of the larger achromatic doublet telescopes at the time, and one of the largest to have an equatorial mount.[2]

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  1. ^ Winterhalter, Albert Gustavus (1889), The International Astrophotographic Congress and a Visit to Certain European Observatories and Other Institutions: Report to the Superintendent [of the U.S. Naval Observatory]. Washington observations for 1885. Appendix I, U.S. Government Printing Office, p. 151 .
  2. ^ a b c McConnell, Anita (2007), "Sir George Shuckburgh's Observatory", Jesse Ramsden (1735-1800): London's Leading Scientific Instrument Maker, Science, technology, and culture, 1700-1945, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., pp. 135–137, ISBN 9780754661368 .
  3. ^ a b Andrews, A. D. (1996), "Cyclopaedia of Telescope Makers Part 5 (Sae-Sim)", Irish Astronomical Journal, 23 (1): 57–117, Bibcode:1996IrAJ...23...57A . The Shuckburgh telescope is described on p. 99.
  4. ^ Hingley, Peter D. (2013). "The Shuckburghs of Shuckburgh, Isaac Fletcher, and the History of the English Mounting". The Antiquarian Astronomer. Society for the History of Astronomy. 7: 17–40. Bibcode:2013AntAs...7...17H. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Anita, McConnell (2013). "Jesse Ramsden: the Craftsman who Believed that Big was Beautiful". The Antiquarian Astronomer. Society for the History of Astronomy. 7: 41–53. Bibcode:2013AntAs...7...41M. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 

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