Coronavirus (COVID-19) While museums are closed, the Science and Society Picture Library prints site is fully operational and we have added an FAQ page here.

Tycho Brahe's Azimuth quadrant, 16th century.

 
Tycho Brahe's Azimuth quadrant, 16th century.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Description

'Quadrans - volubilis azimuthalis': engraving taken from Tycho Brahe's (1546-1601) 'Astronomiae Instauratae - Mechanicae' (1602), showing an azimuth quadrant used by the famous Danish astronomer at his purpose-built observatory on the island of Hven, near Helsingborg in Sweden. Brahe used this instrument to make naked-eye observations of the stars, Moon and planets. It could be moved in both vertical and horizontal directions, with the actual measurements taken from the sighting arm (A-K) along the radial scale (P-S). His precise measurements of their positions formed the basis of the first new star catalogue to be compiled since Antiquity.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10196989

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

buy a print

Select size
 
Select finish
 
How many prints?
 
£20.00
 

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas