Tuesday 29 March 2022

Eli Shaw and a Cooke in Barnsley


 Eli Shaw (1821-1869) was a self taught mechanic from Barnsley. He had a Thomas Cooke & Sons 3 feet achromatic telescope. I would assume that this would have a lens of around 3 inches but I have no definite proof of that just the length of the telescope to go by. He observed the Sun, Moon and planets.

He made his own reflecting telescope, I do not know the size of this instrument. He also made his own astronomical clock. On his death he left a large scientific library and various scientific instruments.

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