Once we learned to manipulate the magnifying lens, the world became a different place. Although the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was the first person to use a telescope for systematic observations of the skies, he did not invent the device. It is thought to have been invented by accident in 1608 by the children of a Dutch lens grinder; while playing in their fathers shop they are said to have put together a concave spectacle lens and a short focus convex lens. History was made. Galileo later made a more powerful version for himself. Our reproduction celebrates the early days of these fine devices. The solid brass construction, swivel stands and adjustable lenses are true to the fine tradition of this scientific instrument.
- Overall: 24" high, 55" extended, 28-1/2" long
- Wt: 10 lbs/15 oz