Octant known as "The Peary Sextant"
England scientific equipment
14 x 11 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (36 x 29 x 7 cm)
Spencer, Browning & Rust (active 1784 - 1840) Primary
Object Type: scientific equipment
Creation Places: Europe, England
Medium and Support: metal on wood
Accession Number: 1966.130
A sextant or octant is used to calculate latitude by measuring the angle of the sun at its highest point down to the horizon and performing calculations. While this instrument has long been associated with Peary's final North Pole expedition, the company was in business in London under the name Spencer, Browning and Rust from 1786-1840 and the octant likely dates before 1840.
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Location Latitude: 51.503441, Longitude: -0.061589
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Exhibition ListThis object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Northward Over the Great Ice The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum , 4/17/2008 - 9/5/2010
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