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I am looking for any information on this stereo view, a street telescope, View Saturn and Jupiter! No information on the back. I have no Idea about the origin, England, France, Italy?

Does anyone recognize this image or telescope?

many thanks in advance,


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Comment by Leonard A. Walle on September 23, 2019 at 19:43

I have this stereoview in my 19th century astro photo collection along with a companion view that has a similar sign which mentions the Sun rather than Saturn and Jupiter. On the back of the second view hand written in ink in with what appears to be early script is "Ministere de la Marine Paris Paris" 

Comment by Jonathan Dore on September 23, 2019 at 13:37

Well, since the hoarding is in French I assume the photograph is French, which means it's very likely in Paris, perhaps somewhere on the Terrasse du Bord de l'Eau along the southern edge of the Jardins des Tuileries, which has balustrades that match those in the photo and is a likely sort of location for an activity of this sort. (Someone with detailed knowledge of 19th century Paris might be able to identify the exact location from the buildings in the background.) Of course the strangest thing about this photo is the idea that anyone would be able to get a worthwhile view of Saturn and Jupiter in broad daylight.

Comment by Steve Edwards on September 23, 2019 at 10:03

It's in French and English, which is a bit of a clue. I'd say Paris. Contact a historian of science. someone will know about popular astronomy. You could try Simon Schaffer at Cambridge.

Comment by Steven F. Joseph on September 23, 2019 at 7:36
This is a telescope made by Cauche, an optician in Paris. He was a pioneer in photographic lens-making in 1839. By the 1850s he was creating instruments for astronomical observation, including for the Paris Observatory. This SV dates to about 1860.

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