This instrument is actually a reproduction of a 17th century Octant. Despite its inaccuracy in measuring the height of the sun and stars, it allowed navigators to determine geographical latitude.
The arc of the Octant is 45° or 1/8 of the circumference (hence the name). The Sextant (1757) replaced the wooden frame with a metal one, progressively replaced the Octant and continues to be used.
Wood and Brass
Dimensions: 32 cm x 27.5 cm
Includes a booklet (in English) with history and uses
Designed and produced in Madrid, Spain
[Ref. 1110] [$, £, CHF...]
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