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Samuel Williams’s Telescope
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April 13, 2012
Photo: Harold Dorwin, Smithsonian
This telescope was made in 1768-69 by Edward Nairne of London. Samuel Williams, a minister and professor of astronomy at Harvard College, used this telescope to observe the 1769 transit of Venus across the sun.