BD479 Astrolabe

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    New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, April 2003.
    Artifact information at The Met - Yemen, 1291AD

    Wikipedia: Astrolabe:
    "The astrolabe is a historical astronomical instrument used by classical astronomers, navigators, and astrologers. Its many uses included locating and predicting the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars; determining local time given local latitude and vice-versa; surveying; and triangulation.

    In the medieval Islamic world, they were used primarily for astronomical studies, as well as in other areas as diverse as astrology, navigation, surveying, timekeeping, Salah prayers, and Qibla. Astrologers of the European nations used astrolabes to construct horoscopes."

    hoyin.au, asawaa, migz+, RV.AB2C, and 45 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. asawaa ages ago | reply

      Beautiful composition, shadowing and lighting.
      I like it!

    2. Lomodachi ages ago | reply

      ** This was voted a HIT from Hit, Miss, Maybe, WHY? **

      Nice focus and composition.

    3. Wandering_Wolverine ages ago | reply

      This was voted a HIT from Hit, Miss, Maybe, WHY?

      Fascinating subject. Good capture of all the detail.

    4. migz+ ages ago | reply

      NICE SHOT! GREAT LIGHT & SHADOWS!

      ** This was voted a HIT from Hit, Miss, Maybe, WHY? **

    5. RV.AB2C ages ago | reply

      Beautiful ! A Fav.

    6. ElissaSCA ages ago | reply

      I'll HIT this one on HIT MISS COMMENT!!! because: WOW! Was this inside a case? I've had the hardest time shooting things in museum cases. There's so much detail, and it's a really beautiful shot!

    7. Rich (Sparky_R) ages ago | reply

      I'll HIT this one on HIT MISS COMMENT!!! because:

      I think the tone and detail are excellent here. Very nice composition and lighting as well. Great job!

    8. JB01929291047 ages ago | reply

      Great color and lighting on this photo. Well done!

    9. listentoreason ages ago | reply

      ElissaSCA - yes, it's through a case window. I'm getting better at hand bracing in low light. I get the lens as close as possible to the glass to avoid reflections. The brass was reflective enough to give enough light for a passable shutter speed (1/400 x 4.6 - PicaJet's screwing up the EXIF info).

    10. jfpower ages ago | reply

      I'll Hit this one on HIT MISS COMMENT!!! because: its a stunning shot of a cool instrument.

      A fav.

    11. listentoreason ages ago | reply

      If you find this image interesting, you should also check out this very nice astrolabe photo I found in Garron Nicholls' collection:

    12. listentoreason ages ago | reply

      Added 9 Sep 2006 to group The Interestingest via most interesting in tag astrolabe

    13. Baruda 117 months ago | reply

      I have a reproduction of this object....not so new..
      took in damascus....

      A+++ Grade Photo

    14. . Andrew Dunn . 117 months ago | reply

      Quite excellent - you can't help but be seduced by those brass colours. (That Persian astrolabe on Wikipedia isn't bad either ;-)


      A+++ Grade Photo

    15. Professor Fumolatro 102 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Gotta Love Brass, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. Hanoverian 93 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called متحف الفن الإسلامي - Museum Of Islamic art, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    17. Viewminder 71 months ago | reply

      A beautiful picture of a fascinating device.

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