Dollond, 1760 c.
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photo - whole telescope
Basic Info

Maker: Dollond

Year: 1760 c.

Year Range: -

Year Notes:

Manufacturing Location: London, England

Signature: Dollond / London

Signature Notes:


No stand present.

Collection: National Maritime Museum

Accession #: NAV1554


Royal Museums Greenwich. "Achromatic telescopes". [Accessed: June 2016].

Public Notes:

"The decagonal mahogany barrel is characteristic of telescopes produced in the 18th century for use on board ship. The barrel was designed for strength, since the techniques for manufacturing strong round barrels were not well developed at this time. The brass fittings include a single draw tube on which the maker's name is inscribed as 'Dollond, London'. This was the firm started by the London optical instrument maker Peter Dollond (1731-1820). It was Peter's father, John Dollond (1706–61), who took out a patent for the achromatic lens in 1758. This type of lens eliminated the problem of coloured fringes caused by the distortion of light as it passed through the glass. This telescope is an early example of Dollond's patented design, therefore. A similar telescope is depicted in BHC3069, a portrait of Captain Sir Edward Vernon (1723-94) now in the National Maritime Museum" (Royal Museums Greenwich).

Length (open): 767

Length (closed): 615


Exit pupil:

Object status:

Optical Basics

Objective type: doublet (unknown)

Optical style

Physical style polygonal

Functional style

Materials: mahogany, brass, glass

Optical/Lab Data

Drawtube data:

Drawtube notes:

Overall: 767 x 45 mm

Objective Data



482 ± 2.2 ± 0.4 ± ±
652 ± -0.5 ± 0.2 ± ±
575 ± 0 ± ±