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Telescope stories: enlightenment's sword

While looking into the history of the telescope, I've been struck by the number of images that, perhaps unsurprisingly, show it symbolically as an...

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Telescope stories: the height of fashion

Looking at the collection of telescopes in the Royal Observatory, it's notable just how many hand-held instruments we have. This is mainly because...

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Telescope stories: caught on film

As a great film fan, I've had enormous fun over the past couple of years trying to spot telescopes in the movies, and have been able to call it research...

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Mr and Mrs Maskelyne

Just this morning a pair of miniatures of Nevil Maskelyne and his wife, Sophia...

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To kill for?

Of the many online sources now available, one that I looked at again quite recently was Old...