Bras sextant supported by ropes, c 1650. P
4 0 c m
 
29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Bras sextant supported by ropes, c 1650. P

Hevelius, Johannes

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Bras sextant supported by ropes, c 1650. Plate from Johannes Hevelius's (1611-1687) 'Machina Coelestis' (1673), showing Havelius's bras sextant. Hevelius was an early German astronomer, who 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.
 

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