Astrolabe Catalogue


Small image of astrolabe rete separated from astrolabe. Click to enlarge.
Date 1600
Maker François Morillard
Place Narbonne
Material Gilt brass
Inventory no. 53966
Acquisition Presented by J. A. Billmeir in 1957
The rete is of the other (ornate) type. This rete is extremely fine in its construction..The zodiac on the rete is labelled: ARIES ♈ , TAVRVS ♉ , GEMINI ♊ , CANCER ♋ , LEO ♌ , VIRGO ♍ , LIBRA ♎ , SCORPIVS ♏ , SAGITTARIVS ♐ , CAPRICORNVS ♑ , AQVARIVS ♒ , PISCES ♓


There are 17 stars on the rete marked with flamant 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
VENTER CETI Baten Kaitos 24.0° of Aries -11° flamant
OCVLVS TAVRI Aldebaran 3.0° of Gemini 16° flamant
PES SINISTER ORIONIS Rigel 13.0° of Gemini -9° flamant
SCAPULA DEXTRA ORIONIS Bellatrix 22.0° of Gemini flamant
CANIS MAIOR Sirius 7.0° of Cancer -15° flamant
CANIS MINOR Procyon 17.0° of Cancer flamant
COR LEONIS Regulus 22.0° of Leo 13° flamant
CAVDA LEONIS Denebola 19.0° of Virgo 17° flamant
ALIOT Alioth 7.0° of Libra 58° flamant
SPICA VIRGINIS Spica 14.0° of Libra -7° flamant
LANCEATOR Arcturus 28.0° of Libra 21° flamant
SINISTER BOOTIS Seginus 4.0° of Scorpio 41° flamant
CAPVT SCRPENTARII Rasalhague 18.0° of Sagittarius 13° flamant
VVLTVR CADENS Vega 3.0° of Capricorn 39° flamant
CAVDA CYGNI Deneb 2.0° of Aquarius 45° flamant
CAVDA CAPRI Deneb Algiedi 15.0° of Aquarius -17° flamant
CRUS DEXTER PEGASI Scheat 6.0° of Pisces 26° flamant

Nut & Bolt

The rete is attached using a nut & bolt. The bolt is attached to the regula, a later addition to the instrument. The nut is a small round nut..
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