This beautiful brass, two-prism spectroscope was manufactured by John Browning around 1880. Browning was a British astronomer and manufacturer of precision scientific instruments that were used by scientists all over the world. He was best known for his spectroscopes, which were of the highest quality.
Spectroscopes are used by chemists and astronomers to analyze light. Astronomers attach them to telescopes in order to examine the light from celestial objects and determine chemical composition, temperature and relative motion.
The Science Museum's Browning spectroscope was originally used within the science laboratories of Springfield's Classical High School during the early 20th century.
|Dimensions||H-12 W-16 L-16 inches|
|Credit line||Donated by the City of Springfield, MA|