Astrolabe Catalogue


Small image of astrolabe rete separated from astrolabe. Click to enlarge.
Date 18th century
Place India
Material Brass
Inventory no. 52478
Acquisition Presented by J. A. Billmeir in 1957
The rete is of the tropics-full type. The zodiac on the rete is labelled: मे. , वृ. , मि. , क. , सि. , क. , तु. , वृ. , ध. , म. , कुं. , मी.


There are 27 stars on the rete marked with dagger pointers. Unless otherwise indicated the star name, mediation and declination are as marked/measured on the rete.
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Star name
(on instrument)
Modern star
(if known)
Mediation Declination Pointer
ना. प्र. 28.0° of Aries 23° dagger
मत्स्योद. Mirach 29.0° of Aries 41° dagger
व्र. सि. Algol 14.0° of Taurus 41° dagger
[no name] 15.0° of Taurus 10° dagger
मनुष्यपार्श्व Mirfak 20.0° of Taurus 49° dagger
रोहली Aldebaran 7.0° of Gemini 17° dagger
प्र. ह्र. Capella 15.0° of Gemini 48° dagger
मि. वा. पा. Rigel 16.0° of Gemini -8° dagger
मि. वा. ह. Bellatrix 19.0° of Gemini dagger
मि. द. पा. Saiph 24.0° of Gemini -9° dagger
आर्द्रा Betelgeuse 26.0° of Gemini dagger
लुब्धक Sirius 8.0° of Cancer -16° dagger
[no name] 15.0° of Cancer 45° dagger
लु. व. Procyon 19.0° of Cancer dagger
महा पु. Alphard 15.0° of Leo -8° dagger
म. Regulus 26.0° of Leo 12° dagger
पू. फा. Zosma 13.0° of Virgo 22° dagger
चित्रा Spica 20.0° of Libra -9° dagger
मरीचि 26.0° of Libra 49° dagger
स्वाति Arcturus 3.0° of Scorpio 21° dagger
वि. मा. मं. Alphecca 23.0° of Scorpio 26° dagger
सु. धा. शि. Rasalhague 21.0° of Sagittarius 14° dagger
अभिजित् Vega 5.0° of Capricorn 38° dagger
श्रवण Altair 22.0° of Capricorn 10° dagger
अस्वमु. 19.0° of Aquarius dagger
पूर्वाभा. Scheat 11.0° of Pisces 30° dagger
अ. ना. 26.0° of Pisces 29° dagger

Nut & Bolt

The rete is attached using a nut & bolt. The bolt and nut seem to be later additions..
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