Product images of Sextant, brass - Gilbert & Wright - front
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Sextant, brass - Gilbert & Wright - front
The marine sextant was developed in the late 1750s. It was used to make observations of the moon and sun. The angle is read off the curved scale at the bottom of the instrument and the scale on the arm, and allowed the navigator to estimate the latitude of the vessel (its position north or south of the Equator).
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- Image reference: F5183-001
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Adams collection