Northamptonshire Natural History Society

Astronomy Section

Section President
Nick Hewitt
Section Secretary
James Whinfrey

The Ovaltine "Tinscope"

The Hourglass Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

Harry Brierley

Amateur astronomers have always demonstrated remarkable inventiveness in optics and engineering, and in utilising mundane objects to produce working instruments. The tube of this telescope - made by Harry Brierley and Bert Lineham during the 1950s - consists of several Ovaltine tins.

Bert Lineham was an engineer, and for many years worked for British Timken - a company which produced roller bearings for some of the world's largest telescopes; and yet all of his own instruments which he constructed were made of the simplest materials.

The photograph below was recently supplied (via Martin Taylor) by Cliff Shutlewood - an old friend of Harry and Bert.

The Hourglass Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

The Ovaltine "Tinscope"

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