Tycho Brahe's Parallactic Rods with azimuth - circle, 1587.

Tycho Brahe's Parallactic Rods with azimuth - circle, 1587.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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Plate taken from Tycho Brahe's 'Astronomiae Instauratae - Mechanicae', (1602). 'Parallacticum aliud, sive regulae tam altitudines - quam azimutha expedientes'. Considered to be the greatest pre-telescope observer, Brahe's (1546-1601) contributions to astronomy were enormous. Not only did he revolutionise astronomical instrumentation, by emphasising the importance of accuracy for the first time, but also profoundly changed observational practice. He was the first to observe the obrits of the moon and planets, and the first to make corrections for atmospheric refraction.

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