Wood, leather, and glass

Here are awe-inspiring pictures of Galileo’s 17th century astronomy equipment from http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2009/mar/12/galileo-exhibition-florence-strozzi?picture=344506960:

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A lens made by Galileo circa 1609, with ivory / ebony frame by Vittorio Crosten from 1677.

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Wood and leather telescope made by Galileo circa 1609 with which he observed the Earth’s moon, the phases of the planet Venus, and the most prominent moons of Jupiter.

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Enlarged photograph of the telescope’s eyepiece.