Look Out

Pacific Encounter Gallery closure

Pacific Encounters Gallery at the National Maritime Museum will be closed to visitors until 11am on Friday 25 October.

Explore the changing world of optical aids from telescopes and beyond. But beware – you may have to look hard!

What has a jug with a likeness of Nelson got to do with a theodolite such as you would see a civil engineer peering into on a building site? From sextants and telescopes to binoculars, come on a trail and find out what people peer through and why.

Portable reflector telescope

This is a portable Gregorian (reflecting) telescope.


A theodolite is a surveying instrument with a telescope for measuring horizontal and vertical angles.