Astronomical Instruments

Need the Sun, other stars or the Moon to be used. Among them: astrolabes, nocturlabes, sundials

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  • From the Greek “star searcher” this instrument was introduced in Europe by the Arabs. It became a vital tool for astronomers, astrologers and surveyors. Among other calculations one can establish the height of the Sun, the planets and the stars, determine time and Latitude, measure heights, calculate distances and astrological implications.   After...

  • Without doubt, the most beautiful and sophisticated astronomical instrument to be conceived before the telescope was the astrolabe. In the 9th century, Muslim astronomers improved the device by introducing angular scales and azimuth lines, and they also added to its beauty. A combination of a rudimentary observation tool and an elegant analogical...

  • In Europe, the astrolabe became the vital tool for astronomers, astrologers and surveyors until the end of the 17th century, when it was replaced by more precise instruments. In the Arab world its use continued until the 19th century. This Plansiferic Astrolabe is based on an instrument made by German manufacturer. G. Hartmann which can be found at the...

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  • It consists on a Perpetual Moon phases calendar with a Tidal abacus or computer on the back. This instrument was conceived to address the need to predict the time of tidal changes. It draws on their intimate association with the rotation of the Moon, which influences the tides as it revolves around the Earth. Knowledge of the lunar phases has been of...

  • This instrument is a reproduction based on two Gunter (E. Gunter, 1581-1626) quadrants made in the mid-eighteenth century. The original pieces, made by unknown English authors, are at the Greenwich National Maritime Museum, London. On the face side, the instrument presents a local height quadrant furnished with a pinule system for establishing the Sun’s...

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