5" Refracting Telescope; Grubb Telescope Company; 1882; COB069

Name/Title

5" Refracting Telescope

About this object

5" refracting telescope; made by Grubb Telescope Company, 1882. Belonged to New Zealand astronomer Thomas King until his death in 1916. He used it from his home at 58 Ellice Street, Mt Victoria. King was on staff at the Dominion Observatory as a transit observer, under the Directorship of James Hector. From 1887 to 1911 he was responsible for the Time Service.

After King's death iit was presented to the Astronomical Section of the Wellington Philosophical Society by King's sister Jessie King. It was installed in the Thomas King Observatory and used there for public viewing and research.

While installed at the Thomas King Observatory the telescope was used for public viewing nights and was also extensively used by C E Adams (Government Astronomer) for research into variable stars, comets, planetary work and sunspots.


Maker

Grubb Telescope Company

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1882

Place Made

Ireland

Medium and Materials

Brass, Glass, Steel, Iron

Inscription and Marks

GRUBB DUBLIN 1882

Object Type

Astronomical telescope

Object number

COB069

Copyright Licence  

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