Although the 19th century Italian astronomer Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli is well known for his pioneering studies of Mars and the canals controversy, his second and largest telescope may be less known. It was a 49 cm Merz-Repsold refractor now on display at the Leonardo da Vinci science and technology museum in Milan, Italy.

Here are the photos I took on Sep 12, 2017, when the museum unveiled to the press the beautifully restored instrument.

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