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The Modern Astrolabe - - - - £6.99
HAVE THE STARS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS WITH YOUR OWN PERSONAL ASTROLABE
Ideal as an introduction to stars, constellations and the motion of the cosmos for casual curious skygazers
Also invaluable for more experienced astronomers who can use it for myriad calculations and appreciate the accuracy of a bespoke portable instrument
This simple to use handheld device is a personal map of the stars
VISIBLE FROM WHERE YOU LIVE
The perfect introduction to the night sky, pointing out and naming the stars and constellations and accurately telling you their altitude and direction
This 2000 year old device was the world's first scientific instrument. During the middle ages when it first came to Europe, Kings would fight wars to possess one – now you can have one that has been made easy to use, is digitally accurate to your location and hand-crafted out of modern durable weatherproof materials
using an astrolabe
Your personal astrolabe comes with full instructions on how to:
1. Find the name of a star/constellation you can see in the sky
2. Find the best time and direction to see a star/constellation or star of your choice in the sky (e.g your zodiac constellation)
3. Tell the time
4. Track the position of the Sun and sunrise/sunset times
5. Use the astrolabe to find planets and comets
plus tips for using an astrolabe, a history of the astrolabe and some starmaps
We always have astrolabes in stock for every UK county and state of the US (custom astrolabe can be made for the rest of the northern hemisphere- an extra £5) that are usually projected from an ancient point of historical interest. These astrolabes are accurate for over 500 miles from their projection point and accurate for around 1000 years (future or past)
heres a video that outlines how a modern astrolabe works
on the back of the astrolabe is a quick reference starmap that tells you the names of constellations and stars
We can’t get across how easy an astrolabe is to use without you being outside at night holding one, but at the top of the page is a picture of what one looks like.
It all comes with full instructions, a history of the astrolabe, tips and some starmaps
Here is how the alidade on the back works:
***** we also offer to craft a custom astrolabe projected from your very back garden! based on the longitude and latitude of your house or favourite stargazing location (if you do not know your latitude & longitude we can calculate it based on your address) for maximum accuracy.
The cost for us to tailor a unique and individual astrolabe for your back garden is an extra £5 for the first one only. Delivery of a custom astrolabe may take a little longer to ship out as the build can only begin when we receive your details (delivery of these bespoke astrolabes will be made no more than one month after the order is made) *****
step by step instructions also include tips and large starmaps
The Astrolabe is so simple to use that children from the age of 7 upwards find them fascinating and easy to use.
Once familiar with it, an adult can soon see that it is a powerful anologue computer capable of thousands of diverse and instantaneous calculations.
It expands with your knowledge of the skies - it is ideal as an introduction to stars, constellations and the motion of the cosmos. With more experience it can be used for things like finding and plotting the positions of the planets/meteorites. A professional astronomer can use it for a myriad of calculations and always appreciate the accuracy of a bespoke portable field instrument.
Our astrolabes differ from normal planispheres since they show the Sun's position and are much more accurate since it is made for your area and therefore displays your local sky. Our astrolabes are also conveniently made to your time zone whereas mass produced planispheres are nearly always made in UT or GMT and have to be converted to your local time. Whatever your time zone, the astrolabe will be set to it - unless you ask us otherwise
All Astrolabes are hand-crafted from thick, weatherproof, laminated card and acetate and are approx. 20 cm in diameter.
Standard astrolabes (£6.99) are made for UK counties and US states only
If you are buying one outside the UK or the US it will be considered a custom astrolabe and therefore costs:
£5 to customise plus £6.99 for the astrolabe
(£11.99 in total) for the custom astrolabe,
and then only £6.99 for any extra ones you may want from that location
postage costs: UK 1st class - £1.50 and for INTERNATIONAL - £2.50
To get one, either press here to contact us and we will invoice you or hit this button