Sextant

Sextant, made by Jesse Ramsden, last quarter of 18th century. The sextant became the symbol of navigation. The instrument is named for its scale—60 degrees or 1/6th of a circle—and can measure even greater angles than the octant.

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Sextant, made by Jesse Ramsden, last quarter of 18th century.
Type: Artifact
Image Date: 2012
Credit: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Origin: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Creator: Jaclyn Nash
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Sextant, made by Jesse Ramsden, last quarter of 18th century.
Sextant, made by Jesse Ramsden, last quarter of 18th century.