Telescope, 3.5" Refractor; Wray of London; Approx 1900; COB011


Telescope, 3.5" Refractor

About this object

3.5" refracting telescope and accessories; made by Wray of London, circa 1880s. Belonged to New Zealand astronomer John Grigg.

Brass optical tube with brass finderscope attached. Wooden storage box with hinged lid. Several eyepieces and adapters, dew cap and lens cap.

Grigg's main observational interest was in comets, of which he discovered four between 1902 and 1907. He made a significanct contribution to international cometary astronomy, and was a New Zealand pioneer of astrophotography.


Wray of London

Maker Role

Astronomical Telescopes

Date Made

Approx 1900

Place Made


Place Notes

London, England

Medium and Materials

Brass, Glass



Object Type

Astronomical telescope

Object number



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Gordon 25 Jun 2010 00:58 AM,UTC

Hi Chris,
The reason we know about this telescope is we knew who the owner was. We know approx when it was purchased and where it was used.
Some of the Wray Telescopes had a number engraved on the focus end
of the tube and this can give you and idea of the year of manufacture.

Where are you?

Would I be able to sight this telescope?

Gordon Hudson
Collections Officer for Carter Observatory

Chris 15 Jun 2010 04:07 AM,UTC

I have a London Wray Telescope and it looks like that one! I'm not sure if they are exactly the same mine may be older but I need information on it. If you would give me feedback and information about it, it would be gladly appreciated. Thanks, Chris.

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