Museo Galileo
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    • Setting:
      Room VI
    • Maker:
      Erasmus Habermel
    • Place:
    • Date:
      late 16th cent.
    • Materials:
      brass; box: leather with gilt tooling
    • Dimensions:
      diameter 250 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Theodolite (Inv. 154)

Theodolite built by Erasmus Habermel. The central disk carries four linear scales and the shadow square. At the center pivots a diopter with an index and a magnetic compass. Attached to the rim are a circular band with six concentric circumferences, a degree scale, and two diametrically opposing viewers. The instrument was used to measure heights and distances and to record position angles in surveying. There is a gold-tooled leather case. Brought to Florence from Germany by Prince Mattias de' Medici in the first half of the seventeenth century.