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Did Europeans ever trade telescopes to the Native Americans? Did they ever attempt to do so?

Edit: changing this to any kind of eye aids. Telescopes, spyglass, binoculars, monocles, magnifying glasses, etc. And yes the time is actually 1608 onwards. Since we need a end time too, I picked the arbitrary year of 1850.

Did they also warn them not to point it directly at the sun? Or maybe did they give them solar filters too? (using a telescope on the sun will instantly fry your eye, as in, melt it. This is where pirate eyepatches originally came from when someone forgot to apply the solar filter.)

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    Yes, here is a photo of a Native American with a telescope. Also, when I was on a reservation in Northern Arizona, I saw some families out with telescopes one night. They were looking at the stars. – axsvl77 Feb 19 '17 at 22:39
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    Terminology nitpick: are we talking about astronomy telescopes or would that include spyglasses/monoculars? The existing answer seems to mix both, but spyglasses would typically not be used for astronomy – SJuan76 Feb 20 '17 at 0:52
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    @CGCampbell Yes. Edited that and made it any kind of eye aid. Hopefully I will get no more downvotes/closevotes. – DrZ214 Feb 20 '17 at 3:00
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    Without and end-date, the answer is trivially "yes". – Gort the Robot Feb 20 '17 at 3:35
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    @SJuan76 Actually, looking at the Sun with a spyglass or telescope will instantly fry your eye (if there's no filter). That's where pirate eyepatches originally came from. With the naked eye, the UV light will slowly damage you. So there is a difference. This is why I was concerned if the Europeans explained/warned of this. – DrZ214 Feb 20 '17 at 11:53
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Surprisingly, maybe. My initial thought was that a telescope would be much too valuable as a trade item. Some research did come up with an item that was shown in an antique catalog, listed as:

Blackfoot Telescope. 19th c. brass telescope covered with beadwork...

image can be seen at the link:

So this shows 19th century Native Americans in possession of a spyglass, but not how they came into possession of the item.


Description: Crow Telescope with Beaded Buffalo Hide Case, c. 1870s, with diagonal designs, thick fringe with large trade beads at one end, and detailed with red stroud cloth, lg. 8 in.

Provenance: Ex Bud Lake Crow collection.

(this item sold at auction for $3690)

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    An antique telescope with native-American style decoration does not prove anything: it is not known who was the owner of this telescope. – Alex Feb 19 '17 at 22:08
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    The 2nd link, Crow Telescope with Beaded Buffalo Hide Case, is not working for me. Can anyone summarize it? – DrZ214 Feb 20 '17 at 3:03
  • updated with description of second link scope – justCal Feb 20 '17 at 3:28
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    Would anyone like to fund a kickstarter program for a "Smartphone with Celtic knotwork design and paired smartwatch built in to a Claddagh ring" to help me prove that medieval Irish people had intelligent mobile devices? – Columbia says Reinstate Monica Feb 20 '17 at 13:21

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