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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
Wheeler, Alwyne
Prete, Ivano Dal
Pedersen, Kurt Møller
Kragh, Helge S.
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Archives of Natural History
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
History of Science
Self-published by the author
Louwman Collection of Historic Telescopes
Instruments, astronomical
Astronomical observatories
Cook, James
Solander, Daniel Charles
Banks, Joseph
Bianchini, Francesco
Joseph Thomas Ward (25 January 1862 – 4 January 1927)
Brashear, John A.
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
20th century
16th century
20th century, early
New Zealand
Paris (France)
Royal Society of London

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