~VERY GOOD SINGLE DRAW TELESCOPE-WATKINS-NIGHT~
400 GBP ($500 USD) + postage included
A 2 inch diameter, single draw, 35 inch telescope with mahogany barrel made by F. Watkins c.1780
35 x 2 inches (90 x 3 cm)
Country of manufacture
UK and Ireland
Signed “WATKINS, Charing=Crofs, London, NIGHT” this telescope is in extremely good condition for it’s age. No splits or cracks to the 20 inch mahogany barrel, 2 inch OG doublet lens (the bone of contention between Watkins and Dollond), sliding ogee ocular lens, dust protector on OG end has a threaded light reducing insert for daytime use. The image is clear/crisp and the magnification superb. The brass knurling is roped and only one screw has been replaced in the collar to the barrel. 35 inches extended length. Very unusual design and designation (most are DAY or NIGHT).
Francis Watkins (1723-1782). Thereafter J. & W. Watkins then Watkins and Hill.
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Mark Hacking (Scientifica Opticae Inc.) has been an avid collector/dealer for over 30 years. A former Science teacher, he has an innate love for anything natural or mechanical. Specializing in optical (microscopes, telescopes), surveying, medical, weighing and drawing instruments, he is an active participant of the Scientific Instrument Fair in London. Living in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children; Mark looks forward to meeting as many fellow collectors as possible, and has a worldwide following on eBay (Sciopti).
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