Reference numberMOB/027
TitleReflecting telescope by James Short
DescriptionAn 18 inch Gregorian reflecting telescope, mounted on a declination semicircle, with a handle and a tripod base. Manufactured by James Short. One of several telescopes sent worldwide by the Royal Society to observe the 1769 Transit of Venus.
Extent1 instrument
FormatScientific Instrument
Access statusOpen
ProvenanceExact provenance unknown. Short writes that he made three models of this telescope, one of which he sold and one of which he would 'shew to the Society'. Possible that he donated this latter model to the Society.
Related materialWritten about at length in 'A letter from Mr. James Short, F. R. S. to the President, with the description and uses of an equatorial telescope', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 46, no. 493 (1750)
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7447Short; James (1710 - 1768)1710 - 1768
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