A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Doug Royer
Date: 2006 Mar 24, 10:35 -0800
Ok, I’m now reading a very good book dealing with observatories past and present.
There is an interesting chapter on the Samarkand Observatory
There is a crude description of the FAKHRI SEXTANT used by the Samarkand Observatory that was used to measure the position of thousands of stars to within a few seconds of arc. It has a radius of 120 ft.
After a quick search on the web today for pictures or a better description of this sextant I came up dry. There are a few pictures of parts of the observatory but none that are identified as the Fakhri sextant.
There is 1 picture of a section of a structure which has 1 vertical stone wall on each side of a center groove and 2 stone tracks running in a vertical arc between the 2 walls on either side of the center groove.
I had pictured this “sextant” as kind of
Frank, because you’re an astronomer, can you help or point me in the proper direction to get a better understanding of what this looks like? Visually or at least a better written description. Or can anyone else help out in this quest?