Bras sextant, c 1658-1673.
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Engraving from the book 'Machina Coelestis' (1673) by Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687). The image shows the German astronomer Hevelius using the bras sextant made by Gunter in 1658. Hevelius established the foremost observatory in Danzig in 1641, rebuilding it after a fire in 1679. He catalogued 1500 stars, discovered four comets and was one of the first to observe the transit of Mercury.