Gyroscopic artificial horizon.

Made:
1886-1895 in Paris
designer:
Georges Ernest Fleuriais

Artificial horizon, gyroscopic type, in fitted rectangular mahogany case, possibly made by A. Demichel of Paris, France, 1886-1895. Invented by French Admiral and inventor, Georges Ernest Fleuriais (1840-1895). Consisting of an air-powered (separate pump) gyroscope, within a black-lacquered brass case that is attached to the side of a sextant or quitant. A piece of glass through the body of the gyroscope carries a series of horizontal lines, which appear as a constant horizontal line of reference when the device is spun.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1923-516
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, mahogany, steel (metal)
type:
artificial horizon - gyroscopic
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
  • ancillary optical instrument
  • artificial horizon
credit:
The Royal Society
status:
Permanent collection

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