This Handy Star Finder was published by C. S. Hammond and Company of New York. Charts such as these were designed to help people study the sky without other equipment made for astronomy.
To use, the wheel would be turned until the date appeared above the time in which a person was stargazing. Theconstellations that could be found in the sky would appear in the window and if a person faced south and held the planisphere above their head, the constellations in the middle of the oval would be directly above their head. The constellations on the left side of the oval would be to the left on the eastern horizon and the constellations on the right side of the oval would be to the right on the western horizon. The stars on the bottom of the wheel would be directly in front and those on the top of the wheel would be behind.
Discovery Kit: Space Exploration (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.