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Cooke refractor telescope


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Object ID ZBA0757
Description This was one of two 6-inch equatorial refractor telescopes commissioned by the Royal Observatory for the Transit of Venus expedition of 1874. In total the Observatory purchased 8 similar telescopes for this expedition, of these two (including this one) were commissioned from T. Cooke & Sons; two were commissioned from Simms while four were purchased second hand. While the Cooke and Simms telescopes were referred to as Cooke No.1, Cooke No. 2, Simms No. 1 and Simms No. 2 respectively the second hand telescopes were named after their previous owners. The current locations of the 8 telescopes are as follows: Cooke No. 1 - whereabouts unknown. Cooke No. 2 - previously at the RGO now part of the NMM collection - ZBA0757 Simms No. 1 - previously at the RGO, current whereabouts unknown. Simms No. 2 - Imperial College, London 'Naylor' - lost at sea in 1882 'Hodgson' - became the guiding telescope to the Thompson 30-inch reflector now at Herstmonceux science centre. 'Corbett' - subsequently became the finder telescope for the 28-inch refractor (AST0932) 'Lee' - Science Museum, London. Since its arrival at the NMM in 1998 this telescope has been in storage and needs assembly for further study, photography and any other museum use.
Date made circa 1874

Artist/Maker T. Cooke and Sons Ltd
Place made Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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