Rhoda a member of the team, Galileo, Rhoda & Jim with11 out of 24 Galilean " type Telescope's we made. They can be very beautiful and realistic. To the left and right one can see the Kepler eyepieces with their greater field of view but upside down image. We also made them with the extra long extension so that the telescope can be focused on objects as close as 40 feet. about the depth of a hall for indoor demonstrations. These eyepieces make the telescope a double purpose instrument.
Don't forget to give our web site a short acknowledgement if you use our photos etc. Not absolutely necessary but would be nice if you did. Have fun. http://www.galileotelescope.org/
Click here to see our web site for building museum quality telescopes from both of Galileo's original telescopes (IMSS 2427 and IMSS 2428) which are at IMSS Florence Italy. We have made a number of them for major museums and educational institutions.
Rhoda and Jim, the authors of these web sites, wish to thank the staff of IMSS in Florence Italy, very much, for all their important help on this project . Make sure you visit the IMSS on your next visit to Europe It has Galileo's original telescopes and examples of the first
Electric measuring instruments that gave birth to our modern optical and electric telescopic view of our universe. All of the exhibits are very important technically in addition they are worth visiting as very beautiful and creative works of art.
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where we show you the details about our measurement of the original telescopes, and re- creating very accurately, both of Galileo's surviving telescopes, on display at IMSS in Florence Italy. There is over 60 pages of notes and data etc some jumbled some not, that can be mined for your use. It has been a big project for us to serve you.
IMSS #2427 the development telescope technically probably the most important of the two.
IMSS #2428 the most, by far, beautiful leather covered gilded telescope that Galileo used for marketing purposes. It still is admiralty playing this role. Our replicas are helping out to do this also. in addition to teaching science. and about science.
We are very proud to have made them for major education institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Below is a brief list of those that have them.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas.
Huntington Library and Art Collections, in San Marino, CA
More soon will be
on display in the U.S. and in Beijing
Click photo to inlarger image
Above is one of our precise replica's on display at Griffith ObservatoryYou have probably have seen many photos of this display on the Web-1 , Web-2 , We-3 , Web-4 , Web-5, Web-6 , WEb-7, ,Web-8, etc. etc..
where we show you the details about our measurement of the original telescopes, and re- creating very accurately, both of Galileo's surviving telescopes, on display at IMSS in Florence Italy. There is over 60 pages of notes and data etc some jumbled some not, that can be mined for your use.
We have encouraged Griffith to pull out a few inches the objective and eyepiece tubes to show more of the beautiful decorations that are not now visible.
Below is the construction details of our low cost Galilean telescope that we made as a prop for the TV program Brilliant Minds: Secrets of the Cosmos
One can easily make this one
with personalize style decorations.
The photo below is one we took while on the set from one of the scenes for the movie
Below are the details of making a very fast and rough replica. We used one for a TV prop. The general principals of making a crude replica are described on this web page. If you build one take the time to personalize yours with you own art work.
As a warning to those who intend to make replicas of Galileo's telescopes much of the literature we looked at gave us only rough details some very wrong for both telescopes and the lens used by
Galileo for a number his investigations of the moons of Jupiter 1610. We had to visited the originals in Florence Italy a number of times to make accurate measurements for our museum grade replicas. We wish to thank the staff of IMSS in Florence Italy very much, for all their help. Make sure you visit the IMSS on your next visit Italy
The telescope had the same optics as Galileo's. It has a very small field of view and was very hard to keep it steady. It was a wonder that Galileo could have convinced anyone looking through his telescope that there were moons spinning around Jupiter.
Click here to see an inclined plane we have built similar one to Galileo might have used to study the laws of falling bodies.
Click here Galileo Pendulum Mistake Building A Brachistochrone
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