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Telescope (detail)

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probably made in London

Telescope (detail)
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This is a detail of a refracting telescope made around 1780, and retailed by the younger George Adams (1750-1795), a scientific instrument maker based in London.

The detail shows the signature 'G ADAMS, LONDON' on the telescope's barrel.

Despite Issac Newton's optical researches, which actively hindered the development of the refracting telescope, some investigations into improving the image were made in the early 18th century. Although John Dollond (1706-61) did important work in this area, and was persuaded by his son Peter to obtain a patent, this was disputed - although not very successfully - by other London opticians. In 1766 and 1771 George Adams (the Elder), who died in 1772, advertised telescopes 'with 5 or 6 glasses' at a guinea (£1-05) a foot.

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