Concerning the use of astrolabes as a teaching tool

Version 3.3 of the Astrolabe Generator

As you can see, I’m still working at adding functionality. This release includes: Fixed bug in Arcs of the Signs. Both options now work. Expanded options for the sine/cosine grid scale on the astrolabe back: Grid divided by 60 or 100 Optional cosine lines Arcs and radials Lines for each degree option Under the hood: […]

Version 3.2 Released

Download it HERE Changes for 3.2: Fixed a bug in the formatting of the shadow square numbers. Added in an option to display all three twilight lines. Added the option of using a concentric calendar ring instead of the more common offset. Added the option to choose between a base 60 and the less used […]

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.  

Pennsic War 42 Followup

(Ok, so I’m a bit late with my essay “What I did on My Summer Vacation”, sue me.) I committed to three activities related to this project this past Pennsic: Firstly, I taught a pair of two-hour sessions of my class “The Astrolabe in Theory and Practice” at Pennsic University. In addition I displayed my […]

What I’ve been up to

Wow, how time flies. It is almost a year since I last posted here.  New Years Resolution: Post at least once a week. Yeah, let’s see how long That One lasts… Not that I’ve been idle. In the intervening months I have gotten quite a bit done, I just haven’t been sharing. Since my last […]