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Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University

Cambridge, MA, USA

http://www.peabody.harvard.edu/museum_scientific.html

9 objects contributed:

Transit

Transit

Equal altitude (transit) instrument by John Bird, London, ca. 1767.

Taken to Newfoundland in 1769 by John Winthrop to observe the transit of Venus.

Clock

Clock

Clock by Thomas Tompion, London, ca. 1675.

As the most accurate clock at Harvard in 1761, this one-hundred-year old, "excellent pendulum clock" was taken to Newfoundland by John Winthrop to obser...

Quadrant, Astronomical

Quadrant, Astronomical

Astronomical quadrant by Jeremiah Sisson of London ca. 1765.

Clock, Regulator

Clock, Regulator

Astronomical regulator clock made in London by John Ellicott ca. 1765 to replace similar clock lost in the Harvard Hall fire of 1764.

Telescope

Telescope

Cassegrain reflecting telescope by James Short ca. 1758. Personal property of John Winthrop.

Telescope

Telescope

Reflecting telescope with heliometer engraved "James Short London," ca 1763. Gift of Nathaniel Sparhawk as donor for William Pepperell in 1769.

Heliometer

Heliometer

Brass Heliometer. Made by John & Peter Dollond of London, ca 1758, and shipped to Harvard by Joseph Mico in 1765.

Octant, Astronomical

Octant, Astronomical

All brass octant. Engraved on crosspiece "B. Martin, London" and on index arm "The Gift of Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. to the Apparatus of Harvard College in Cambridge N.E. May 1764." Given to replace ea...

Quadrant, Astronomical

Quadrant, Astronomical

Quadrant engraved "J. Bird, London," ca 1764.

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