Astronomical and navigational instruments, Herschel family, The Herschels as experimenters

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Meteor spectroscope

Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AST1030.74
Description Meteor spectroscope. This instrument is a binocular type object and is used for viewing the spectrum. It is made up of a wooden casing with sliding shutters and two prisms. This spectroscope comes from a 14-drawer cabinet found in the Herschel family home in the 1950s. The contents of this and a similar cabinet seem to suggest that they were used by successive generations of the family to store specimens, material and apparatus for carrying out experiments. This spectroscope was designed by Alexander Stewart Herschel and John Browning specifically for the observation of meteors.
Date made

Artist/Maker Herschel, Alexander Stewart
Browning, John
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
Materials glass; wood
Measurements Overall: 39 mm x 137 mm x 88 mm
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