Simulators

One of the problems with learning to use an astrolabe is that in order to work through the class notes the student needs to first print out and assemble their own astrolabe from the provided materials. This takes time and materials that may not be ready to hand. What I’ve wanted to do for a […]

Introducing the Advanced Astrolabe

For quite some time now I have been basing my class, and my discussions here, on an astrolabe with fairly basic options. Linked to the right you will find a zip file containing the components for this basic astrolabe, along with the handout for my class. But there is more to the astrolabe than just […]

Advanced Astrolabe Functions: Estimating the direction to Mecca.

Given that the math and sciences of the Middle East were a major driving force in the development of the astrolabe[1], it is reasonable that some of the advanced functions are related to the dominant religion of the area, Islam. Today we will discuss using two of the astrolabe’s advanced features to estimate the direction […]

Another astrolabe in work

This one is a metal astrolabe. A work in progress that uses some of the output of the Astrolabe Generator. Images used with permission.

An Astrolabe in Work

I got this last night via Twitter: https://twitter.com/cforchino/status/434176137216794626 Nice work, he has a steadier hand than I do. Please do email or tweet me your astrolabes, I’ll be glad to post them. Addresses are on the right.  

The Astrolabe as an Artist’s Tool

In this week’s email: “I use your astrolabe constantly for my artwork, I make extremely long exposure pinhole photographs tracing the suns path over the course of a day to half a year. www.matthewallred.com  I use your astrolabe to determine rise / set times and declination as well as the transit alt for the sun. Then plan which time […]

Major Update!

Yeah, I’m still plugging away, between burnout and other commitments I haven’t had a lot of time for this project. This has changed with the turning of the year. First up, I have made a major update to the Astrolabe Generator. I finally figured out a way to digitize a set of zodiac symbols and […]

There’s an App for That: An astrolabe for the iPad

As I mentioned a while back, there is a developer out there using the output of the Astrolabe Generator to create an astrolabe app for the iPad. Well, version 1 is complete and available for free on the App Store. The website is: http://taucetisystems.com/. I have not had a chance to look at it yet, […]

Astrolabes on YouTube

Two videos I ran across on YouTube: The first is a good, quick introduction to the tool LINK. The second is a very nice breakdown of a practical use of the astrolabe LINK.

Added a Horizons Plate

I did some doodling today and added a Horizon Plate to the Astrolabe Generator options. The plate covers latitudes from 10 degrees to 70 degrees in 5 degree intervals. This allows more portability for the astrolabe, at a cost of some of the functionality.