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Cross-staff (replica)

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Cross-staff (replica)
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A cross-staff was used for taking altitude measurements with the sun or a known star. This is a replica of a Dutch cross-staff made in 1745 and now in the Maritime Museum in Bergen in Norway. The replica dates from 1929.

The instrument has a cross bar made of pear wood and an ebony centre bar with engraved scales.

In Scandinavia and the Netherlands, the cross-staff retained its popularity when others had turned to the backstaff.

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