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Image: Theodolite

United States scientific equipment

ca. 1900
8 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 4 in. (22 x 16 x 10 cm)

Fauth & Co. (active 1874 - 1905) Primary

Object Type: scientific equipment
Creation Places: North America, United States, Washington, D.C.
Medium and Support: brass
Credit Line: Gift of Marie Peary Kuhne
Accession Number: 1967.184
A theodolite was used to measure angles to determine distance and altitude of landmarks. Peary and his expedition team used one in order to create maps of little known coastlines and accurately record the location of their tidal gauges. This instrument was customized for work in cold conditions.

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