Astronomy book

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Astronomy book
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Released17 March 2003 (Update)
Also calledThe Tale of Scorpius
Quest itemObservatory Quest
OptionsRead, Drop
ExamineA book on the history of astronomy.
Value3 coins
High alch1 coin
Low alch1 coin
Weight0.003 kg
Respawn time100 ticks (60 seconds)
Advanced data
Item ID600
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The Astronomy book, or The Tale of Scorpius, is obtained during the Observatory Quest. It has a brief history of Scorpius and how he introduced astronomy to RuneScape.

After finding the book, a copy can also be found in the shelves in your house.

Spawns[edit | edit source]

Location Members Spawns Map
Observatory reception west of Tree Gnome VillageMember icon.png1Maplink

Transcript[edit | edit source]

The following text is transcluded from Transcript:Astronomy book.

A History of Astronomy in Gielinor.

At the start of the 4th Age, a learned man by the name of Scorpius, known well for his powers of vision and magic, sought communion with the gods of the world. So many unanswered questions had he that he devoted his entire life to this cause.

After many years of study, seeking knowledge from the wise of that time, he developed a machine infused with magical power, infused with the ability to pierce into the very heavens - a huge eye that gave the user incredible sight, like never before.

As time passed, Scorpius grew adept at using his specialized skills, and followed the movements of the stars in Gielinor, which he mapped and named, and are still used to this very day.

Before long, Scorpius used his knowledge for predicting the future, and, in turn, he called upon the dark knowledge of Zamorakian worshippers to further his cause. Living below ground, the followers of the dark god remained until the civilisation of Ardougne grew in strength and control.

The kings of that time worked to banish the Zamorakian followers in the area, hiding all reference to Scorpius's invention, due to its 'evil nature'.

Years after, when the minds of the kings lent more towards the research of the unknown, the plans of Scorpius were uncovered and the heavenly eye constructed again.

Since then, many have studied the ways of the astronomer, Scorpius, and in his memory a grave was constructed near the Observatory.

Some claim his ghost still wanders nearby, in torment as he seeks the secrets of the heavens that can never be solved. Tales tell that he will grant those adept in the arts of the astronomer a blessing of unusual power.

Here ends the tale of how astronomy entered the known world.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
26 February 2015

The item was made untradeable on the Trading Post/Grand Exchange.

17 July 2007
  • The item was graphically updated with the rework of the Observatory Quest.
  • The item was renamed from "Astrology book" to "Astronomy book".
  • The item's value was increased from 1 to 3.

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29 March 2004 ⁠–
17 July 2007
17 July 2007 ⁠–

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