Garland Collection of instruments: Sextant

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A sextant is used to determine the angle between an astronomical object and the horizon and was used by sailors for celestial navigation. The angle, combined with the time it was measured, was used to calculate position on a chart.

Title

Garland Collection of instruments: Sextant

Date

Creation: unknown

Description

A sextant is used to determine the angle between an astronomical object and the horizon and was used by sailors for celestial navigation. The angle, combined with the time it was measured, was used to calculate position on a chart.

Rights

Copyright; licensed to Vanderbilt University

Format

Sextants

Source

Item on loan from the Arthur J. Dyer Observatory

Files

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Citation

“Garland Collection of instruments: Sextant,” Gallery, accessed October 21, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/968.