Rabl Star Finder

This has two parts. The Star Almanac indicates the positions of 55 bright stars relative to a local meridian at different hours of the night throughout the year. The Star Graph indicates the altitude and azimuth of these stars as seen from different latitudes.
Samuel Supplee Rabl wrote several books on astronomy and on boat building. The Cornell Maritime Press was established in 1938, to produce educational materials for the new Merchant Marine Academy. It published the Rabl Star Finder between 1966 and 1979.
Ref: S. S. Rabl, The Star Atlas. A Navigational Encyclopedia (New York: Cornell Maritime Press, 1946).
Currently not on view
Object Name
star finder
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: .0254 cm x 20.32 cm x 20.32 cm; in x 8 in x 8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Measuring & Mapping
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Roger Sherman

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.