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The Sloane Astrolabe English, around AD 1300. One of the earliest known European astrolabes. An astrolabe is a multi-functional instrument enabling the user to perform such diverse tasks as time-keeping (by both day and night), surveying, determining latitude and casting horoscopes. They were used in Europe until the seventeenth century, and in the Islamic world until the nineteenth century. This is one of three astrolabes in the collections of Sir Hans Sloane that is now in the British Museum.

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The Sloane Astrolabe English, around AD 1300. One of the earliest known European astrolabes. An astrolabe is a multi-functional instrument enabling the user to perform such diverse tasks as time-keeping (by both day and night), surveying, determining latitude and casting horoscopes. They were used in Europe until the seventeenth century, and in the Islamic world until the nineteenth century. This is one of three astrolabes in the collections of Sir Hans Sloane that is now in the British Museum.