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Tycho Brahe's Astronomical Sextant
12" x 18"
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An astronomical sextant belonging to Tycho Brahe the Danish astronomer astrologer and alchemist After becoming interested in astronomy as a student in Copenhagen Tycho Brahe realized the difficulty of making accurate measurements of celestial bodies with the instruments of the day His designs for new methods and devices won him great fame He was granted an estate on the island of Hven to conduct his research and funding to built the Uraniborg observatory From there he generated the most accurate astronomical data of his time He was exiled to Prague in and was assisted in his work there by Johannes Kepler until his death Due to a duelling injury at university he always wore a metal nose prosthetic