Hartmann Planispheric Astrolabe


The Astrolabe is in short an elegant, analogue computer. A sophisticated and beautiful astronomical instrument, it is used to measure time, azimuths and declinations of stars.

In Europe, the Astrolabe became an essential instrument for astronomers, astrologers and surveyors until the end of the 17th century when it was replaced by more accurate instruments. 

This planispheric astrolabe is based on an original piece by the German maker Georg Hartmann in the British Museum, London.

Georg Hartmann (Germany, 1489-1664) was one ofthe most prolific of the "instrument makers" in the first half of the 16th century.  He settled in Nuremberg from 1518 and developed his enormous oeuvre there. Shortly before 1523 he had already established a powerful workshop specializing in the manufacture of scientific instruments. Many of his instruments are well known: sundials, astrolabes, quadrants and astronomical and astrological compendia.

This astrolabe is calculated for 50º.

Height: 18cm / Diameter: 15cm / Thickness: 0,7cm

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