Rude Star Finder (British)


This consists of a two-sided cardboard planisphere of the northern and southern skies, seven clear plastic altitude-azimuth templates for use at different latitudes up to 70° north and south, and a cardboard envelope. Gilbert Rude donated it to the Smithsonian in 1958. The instrument bears the inscription "STAR IDENTIFIER, Adapted from the ‘Rude Star Finder and Identifier’ originated by Captain G. T. Rude, U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey . . . Hydrographic Department, Admiralty, London. Sept. 1941 (H.S. 4026 /40)."

Ref: G. T. Rude, "Star Finder and Identifier," U.S. patent #1,401,446.

Date Made: 1941

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gilbert T. Rude

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.315973Catalog Number: 315973Accession Number: 222109

Object Name: star finder

Measurements: overall: 8 in; 20.32 cmoverall: 12 in x 12 9/16 in x 11/16 in; 30.48 cm x 31.90875 cm x 1.74625 cm


Record Id: nmah_1253888

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