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POCKET ASTROLABE for US - - - - $10

HAVE THE STARS IN YOUR POCKET 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

pocket astrolabe

The perfect introduction to the night sky, pointing out and naming the stars and constellations and accurately telling you their altitude and direction

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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

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 comet

6. Measure the altitude of a star

plus tips for using an astrolabe, a history of the astrolabe and some starmaps

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This pocketlabe is made for 8l locations over the 4 time zones of the US:

EST (North) - Safe Harbor Petroglyphs, PA

EST (South) - Lamarr Spiral Mound, GA

CST (North) - Effigy Mounds, WN

CST (South) - Toltec Mound, Ark

MST (North) - Lindenmeier, CO

MST (South) - West Mesa Petroglyphs, NM

PST (North) - Mount Shasta, Cal

PST (South)- Tomo Kahni, Cal

 

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heres a video that outlines how a modern astrolabe works

 

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fits easily in most pockets

fits easily in most pockets

 on the back of the astrolabe is a quick reference starmap that tells you the names of constellations and stars

back of astrolabe

We can’t get across how easy an astrolabe is to use without you being outside at night holding one

It all comes with full instructions, a history of the astrolabe, tips and some starmaps

Happy stargazing!

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Here is how the alidade on the back works:

 

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instructions include large starmaps

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.

 

 

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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

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