Current Progress

Even though I haven’t been posting, I have been busy. In addition to the changes to the Astrolabe Generator mentioned in the previous post, I was asked to teach a class at a small gathering of medieval reenactors last month, and so had to to get my class handout updated ahead of schedule, and a […]

Adding a Hemisphere

I’ve been lax on updating the blog lately. Not because I’ve not been interested, but because I’ve been busy. First off: I have received two requests to modify the Astrolabe Generator to support the southern hemisphere. This took a bit of recoding and rearranging some of the functions, but the result is now up and […]

Drafting the Astrolabe 12: The climates part 1

The first step in drafting the astrolabe climate plate is to lay out the Tropics and the Equator, along with the meridian. As these markings will be the same for all the plates, it makes sense to draw each line on all the plates before moving on to the next line. This way, I can […]

Drafting the Astrolabe 11: The Unequal Hour Arcs – Completed

The unequal hours arcs have now been added to the back of the astrolabe. With the exception of what little decoration I’m planning, this completes work on the back of the project. With the front and the back now finished, the next step is designing a set of climate plates. Doing five of those will […]

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, […]

Bug Swatting and New Options

One of the Astrolabe Generator’s users, J├╝rgen Hoefeld, spotted a problem with the alignment of the Houses of Heaven, the intersection point should be on the horizon, and was not. I have it fixed now and the changes checked in to SourceForge. I have posted the updated generator to the site as well. In addition […]

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.

Drafting the Astrolabe 11: The Unequal Hour Arcs

The next step, and the last scale to be added to the back of my astrolabe, is the unequal hour scale. In the middle ages, there where several timekeeping systems in use, as opposed to the single one we use now. This next scale was designed to convert between two of these systems: The Equal […]

Upcoming Pennsic Classes!

My class: The Astrolabe in Theory and Practice, will be taught at the Pennsic War. I am teaching the class twice: August 7 at 5pm and August 12 at 1pm. Handouts are limited to 15 per class with a fee of $5. Auditors welcome. The handout and the astrolabe files will be posted here the […]

And so it begins…

My obsession with the astrolabe has gone on now for over 4 years. The number of projects is proliferating and I think it is time to make a place for them on the web. Over the next few months, as the mood takes me I will be modifying the handout for my astrolabe class into […]