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Brass Telescopes

A Brass telescope is a bit of an heirloom like object. It evokes a very specific feeling of a time gone by and it makes a statement. It is definitely a 17th and 18th century object and it harkens back to the times of navigators exploring the oceans in large wooden ships. There are two basic types. The first type is the hand-held collapsible kind. This would be what the captain of a sea faring ship would bring along on his voyage -Land Ho! The second type comes with a tripod. This wouldn't be appropriate for on ship use but it would be perfect for a harbour master to look out onto the sea with. Today's brass telescopes have the dual purpose of being used to observe land (and water) based objects and celestial objects.

 

 

Quick overview of what to look for when buying a brass telescope.

  • First off they will tell you the size in inches. This is typically the extended length of the scope.
  • Secondly, they will give you the magnification. I recommend you don't focus on this statistic too much. Generally, the higher the magnification the less clear the image. As a rule of thumb you should stick with something under 20x (20 power). There are fine brass telescopes that will give you higher power but these will typically cost several hundred dollars. Worth it though.
  • Third: Look for the size of the primary objective. The bigger the objective the more light that will be gathered. Typically bigger is better. A minimum of 25mm is recommended. This is about an inch in diameter.
  • Fourth: What do the numbers mean? The telescope will typically have a series of numbers like this: "18x50". These two numbers tell you first the magnification of the scope and secondly the size of the primary lens. So our 18x50 magnifies 18 times and has a primary lens that is 50mm wide (about 2 inches)
  • A tripod or mount is a good thing to have - You have to think about comfort and arm fatigue. If you want to spend a significant amount of time observing the night sky you should consider getting a telescope with a tripod. There are however two tradeoffs. The tripod will bring the cost of the telescope up and it will make it less portable.

Hand Held Brass Telescopes

 

 

Small Brass Telescope with case 15" Telescope with Wooden Box - Captain's Spyglass
This high-quality telescope is crafted from brass and comes with a leather handle. The telescope will magnify far away objects and landscapes with a clear image. The scope extends to a full 15 inches and then can retract to fit into its own ornate box. The magnification is 12x.

 

 

Specialty Brass SpyGlass

Specialty 25 x 30 mm Brass Spyglass Telescope -
A classic, hand-held telescope with a gleaming brass finish and leatherette trim. Extends from 5.25" to 14" and includes an attractive leatherette carrying case with wrist strap and belt loop. > Magnification: 20x > Telescope Type: Hand-held > Brass finish > Length: 5.25" to 14" > Objective lens diameter: 30mm > Included Accessories: Leatherette carrying case with wrist strap and belt loop

Barska Spyscope with Storage Chest

Barska 18x50Collapsible Spyscope w/ Storage Chest
Barska 18x50 mm Anchormaster Collapsible Spyscope is as functional as it is stunning! It doesn't get any better than classic brass. The Barska 15-45x50 mm Anchormaster Collapsible Spyscope is a precision-made, high quality brass optic that's as functional to use as it is beautiful to look at. Ideal for celestial viewing of planets or terrestrial viewing of country or cityscapes. Here's the full details: Big, light-gathering 50 mm objective lens; Fully coated achromatic lenses for brilliant images... structured in a refractor design; Powerful 18x magnification; Extends for viewing, collapses for storage; Comes with a finely-crafted mahogany storage chest; Extended length: Approx. 28". Make a stunning and functional addition to your home or office. Order Today! Barska 18x50 mm Anchormaster Collapsible Spyscope

 

Orion Brass telescopeOrion Brass Classic 12x30 Brass Hand Telescope
This classy, collapsible scope makes distant vistas come alive with sharp detail. Made of polished brass and smartly trimmed with a leatherette jacket for a sure grip, the Brass Classic features a fully coated 30mm achromatic glass objective lens for bright daytime images. The 12-power eyepiece provides up-close views of subjects too distant to see clearly with the unaided eye! Just twist the eyepiece to focus. Telescope extends to 12-3/4"; collapses to just 5-3/8". Keep it in the handy belt case (included) while touring or sightseeing. Makes a great gift.

Mounted Brass telescopes

The Barska Anchormaster Telescope

BarskaŽ 6x30 mm Anchormaster Spyscope with Desktop Pedestal
Barska 6x30 mm Anchormaster Spyscope with Desktop Pedestal is as functional as it is stunning! It doesn't get any better than classic brass and hardwood. The Barska 6x30 mm Anchormaster Spyscope with Desktop Pedestal is a precision-made, high quality brass optic that's as functional to use as it is beautiful to look at. Ideal for terrestrial viewing of country or cityscapes. Here's the full details: Compact 30 mm objective lens; Fully coated achromatic lenses for brilliant images... structured in a refractor design; 6x magnification; Internal image-correcting lens provides right-side-up images for the naked eye; Easy-to-use helical focusing rings; Elaborately detailed and polished brass construction; Brass cradle mounts allows the scope to move smoothly in all directions; Handcrafted mahogany desktop pedestal. Make a stunning and functional addition to your home or office. Order Today! Barska 6x30 mm Anchormaster Spyscope with Desktop Pedestal

The Barska telescope with TripodBarskaŽ 20 - 60x60 mm Anchormaster Spyscope with Tripod
Barska 20 - 60x60 mm Anchormaster Spyscope with Floor Tripod is as functional as it is stunning! It doesn't get any better than classic brass and hardwood. The Barska 20-60x60 mm Anchormaster Spyscope with Tripod is a precision-made, high quality brass optic that's as functional to use as it is beautiful to look at. Ideal for celestial viewing of planets or terrestrial viewing of country or cityscapes. Here's the full details: Big, light-gathering 60 mm objective lens; Fully coated achromatic lenses for brilliant images... structured in a refractor design; Powerful 20-60x zoom magnification; Internal image-correcting lens provides right-side-up images for the naked eye; Easy-to-use helical focusing rings; Elaborately detailed and polished brass construction; Brass cradle mounts allows the scope to move smoothly in all directions; Handcrafted mahogany tripod with extendable legs and polished brass stabilizing chain. Make a stunning and functional addition to your home or office. Order Today! Barska 20-60x60 mm Anchormaster Spyscope with Tripod

 

Harbor master with tripod Brass Telescope Harbormaster 38 This harbormaster telescope has an extendable tripod and removable barrel scope with a polished brass finish. This high quality maritime style telescope is fully functional with a scope length of approximately 38" and can be extended to stand about 60" tall. The lens cap is attached by a decorative chain.Galileo is credited with inventing the first refracting telescope. Through his understanding of how light passes through a lens, he was able to construct a device that focused on an image and enabled the user to see an object as though it were brighter, clearer, and closer.The magnification of this harbormaster telescope is 32x.

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