Seeking Astrolabes (and other antique scientific instruments)

Given my interest in things stellar, astrolabeI’m not sure how long I have been looking for an Astrolabe.  I do remember walking through London trying to locate one without too much joy (surprise).  The Franklin Mint made one a while back, but that was a limited edition.

They show up on eBay, but the quality is anything from excellent to OK.  Good repros seem to be hard to find.  Although, I did luck into a couple of sources this past weekend.   In fact, I purchased an Astrolabe Arsenius 20 from a place called Antiquus in Madrid, Spain.  Antiquus has a couple of models with the 20 being the larger of the two.

I’ll add that Antiquus also sells other old scientific instruments characterized by their beauty, which is why this is tagged with “zootrope, praxinoscope, phenakistiscope, and taumatrope”. I agree with Antiquus’ goal of keeping these instruments around in replica form, which is why I have put in a link to the shop. The site is in Spanish, but there is an English translated section to the site. Carlos, the owner speaks English and is very friendly.  Antiquus has a smaller model at €96.

Another site,, also sells astrolabes.  The prices between Antiquus and Green Witch are similar, but Antiquus’ Astrolabio Arsenius 20 was less expensive (€169) than the same model at Green Witch (£159).  Green Witch does carry a repro of the astrolabe at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago which was made by Diya’al Din Muhammad for £139.

I’ll give both companies a plug since they carry these items in a couple of different sizes and types.  There are actually a lot of companies that sell astrolabes, but these two are ones that sell the nicer repros on the market.  Not to mention both companies have some interesting gear if you like antique scientific instruments.

I’m going to toss in a third company, Geodus, which is in Germany, for its wide range of choices in astrolabes and price guarantee. Their price on the Adler Planetarium replica is €89.

That said, here is Gryphon’s the Astrologer:

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