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A classical instrument modelling the universe. Astrolabes are made up of a series of finely crafted metal disks and spinning dials. They could be used for a range of calculations including altitude and latitude. This multipurpose tool was used in many different settings such as surveying, astronomy, maritime voyages, and triangulation.

Black and white text and illustrations from an antique book showing diagrams and a woodcut illustration of a man using an astrolabe.