Dixey, Charles Wastell
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photo - whole telescope
Basic Info

Maker: Dixey, Charles Wastell


Year Range: 1850-1862

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Manufacturing Location: England

Signature: C. W. Dixey / Optician to the Queen / New Bond Strt London

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Stand present.

Collection: Louwman Collection of Historic Telescopes

Accession #: LC 230


Cocquyt, Tiemen. "400 Years of Telescopes" booklet, Zeeuws Museum, 2008. Item 51.

Louwman, P.J.K., and Zuidervaart, H.J., "A Certain Instrument for Seeing Far: Four Centuries of Styling the Telescope Illustrated by a Selection of Treasures from the Louwman Collection of Historic Telescopes". Wassenaar, 2013. p.173. #230.

Public Notes:

Exceptionally large lens, "cat-eye", to gather as much light as possible at night. "Luxurious night telescope in its original walnut box (33.5 x 17 x 10 cm). The main tube is covered with tortoise-shell, with a brass lens hood for protection against direct sunlight and brass fittings. There are five brass drawtubes and a ditto stand. The large non-achromatic objective (Ø 7 cm) serves the purpose of gathering as much light as possible. Tube length 26.5-116 cm. Signed: ‘C.W . Dixey / Optician to the Queen / New Bond Strt London’. Mid-nineteenth century .

Charles Wastell Dixey was instrument maker in London between 1838 and 1862. In 1851 he was appointed royal warrant holder" (Louwman and Zuidervaart, 2013).

Length (open): 1160

Length (closed): 265


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Optical Basics

Objective type: singlet

Optical style

Physical style

Functional style night

Materials: tortoiseshell, brass

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