Name this astronomical instrument

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muonman
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Name this astronomical instrument

Postby muonman » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:00 pm

I can't remember the name or the function of the golden instrument picture below.
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trani
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Re: Name this astronomical instrument

Postby trani » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:04 pm


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secander2!
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Re: Name this astronomical instrument

Postby secander2! » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:05 pm

I think it's a sextant. They were used for navigation. Here's the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sextant

edit: sorry, I must have clicked "reply" right before trani posted... :oops:




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