Friday 13 October 2023

The Rylands Brothers? a Thomas Cooke telescope and the Liverpool Astronomical Society

 In 1864 John Rylands of Oxford Lodge Warrington purchased an eyepiece from Thomas Cooke to go with his 3 inch telescope he bought the previous year for the Thomas Cooke shop in London.

I don’t know if he was the brother of Thomas Rylands of Heath House who purchased a 5 inch telescope from Thomas Cooke in 1865. This telescope would later be donated to the newly formed Liverpool Astronomical Society in 1888.

Thomas Rylands was the son of John Rylands a wire manufacturer and on his father’s retirement ran the company with his brothers Peter and John


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