Tuesday 15 March 2022

A Cooke for Peckham


William B Gibbs of Peckham, London purchased in 1865 an educational 4 inch Thomas Cooke & Sons telescope. There were 4 eyepieces and a sun prism. In 1866 he further purchased an equatorial mounting for the 4 inch telescope.

William Gibbs was a good friend of James Buckingham who used the massive 21 inch refractor on Wandsworth Common in London.

In later years he purchased a 5.5 inch telescope, I don’t know if this was a Cooke telescope. He used it in a wooden observatory that he built until he was 87 years old.

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