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Small 2x28 telescope

Started by Rafael Chamon, June 01, 2018, 07:57:22 pm

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Rafael Chamon

June 01, 2018, 07:57:22 pm Last Edit: June 01, 2018, 08:02:39 pm by Rafael Chamon
Hello, by chance I found a small old telescope, made of brass and well built that looks like a toy, although the quality is good. See photos in:


It has no mark nor data, but I estimate it is a 2x28. The optical construction is very simple because it is of the Galilean type with two single lenses. The lenses are clean and the instrument is fully functional, although the angle of vision is very narrow (see photos). Although it does not have much practical use it is a tiny and nice item. Dimensions are: folded 8cm, unfolded 15cm.

Could someone provide some information about its origin?


Niall McLaren

It's difficult without a maker's name but they were fairly popular in Victorian times Rafael. The problem nowadays is that many are made in India and "aged" for the collectors market. ;)
"A little bit of something beats a whole lot of nothing." - Little Richard

Rodolfo Peirano

Fully agree with Niall, copies of sextants were also made that sell at a low price  :(
everyone can learn from everyone - Rodolfo

Niall McLaren

The sad thing is that some of the fake telescopes (and I'm not saying Rafael's is) can sell for more than real ones. As James Bond says when his attempted assassin get's electrocuted in his bath - "shocking"

"A little bit of something beats a whole lot of nothing." - Little Richard

Rafael Chamon

Thank you for your replies. If it is indeed a modern and aged item, the result is very good. The appearance is of an antique specimen indeed.

Regards, Rafael.