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Sheepshank's Telescope, First Erected on Mount Guajara, the Peak of Teneriffe in the Distance
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Sheepshank's Telescope, First Erected on Mount Guajara, the Peak of Teneriffe in the Distance 1856
  • Scottish Art
On his expedition to Teneriffe in 1856, Piazzi Smyth used a stereoscopic camera to register three-dimensional views and, by taking two pictures, to reduce the likelihood of accidental faults and tampering with the image. He had gone there to monitor observation conditions at great altitudes. This photograph shows the smaller of the two telescopes they carried up the mountain, established on a lower site. 'The two sailors are seated about amongst the packing boxes,' wrote Piazzi Smith, 'looking very tired'.

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Stereoscopic Photograph

Two photographs taken at a distance from each other equivalent to the distance between the eyes, mounted together on card, and viewed in a hand viewer. Stereoscopic photography was invented to imitate the vision of both eyes, and the effect is three-dimensional.

Stereoscopic Photograph

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  • Acc. No. PGP R 887.5
  • Medium Stereoscopic albumen prints
  • Size 9.60 x 6.10 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985