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The ‘Cook’ Gregorian Telescope in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (2016)


The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington houses an eighteenth century Gregorian telescope manufactured by Heath and Wing of London which has a convoluted history reputedly involving James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks. Neither association can be verified, but we conclude that this instrument does indeed have a Cook Voyage pedigree, and was the telescope that Daniel Solander used to observe the 1769 transit of Venus from Fort Venus, Tahiti.

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Authors & Contributors
Orchiston, Wayne
Orchiston, Wayne
Robin JH Clark
Wells, William
Wolf, Edward D.
Darlington, Vicki
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
History of Science
Archives of Natural History
Self-published by the author
Louwman Collection of Historic Telescopes
Instruments, astronomical
Astronomical observatories
Cook, James
Solander, Daniel Charles
Banks, Joseph
Joseph Thomas Ward (25 January 1862 – 4 January 1927)
Brashear, John A.
Bianchini, Francesco
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
20th century
New Zealand
Queensland (Australia)
Naples (Italy)
United States
Royal Society of London

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