Herschel's telescope, Herschel Museum

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Herschel's telescope, Herschel Museum

A working replica of William Herschel's 7 foot telescope which he set up in the garden of 19 New King Street (now the Museum) and discovered the planet Uranus on 13th March 1781. The telescope was one of many Herschel made in his workshop. Uranus was the first new planet to have been discovered since ancient times and doubled the size of the known universe giving Herschel an enduring place among the scientific community.

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