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    Re: Arg 1 Ww 11 U Boat Navigation Device Ebay Item Number: 370193239339
    From: Ken Gebhart
    Date: 2009 May 22, 15:37 -0500

    To all who are involved.
    The Foundation for the Promotion of Navigation which published the  
    newsletter has gone out of business for good.
    Ken Gebhart
    On May 22, 2009, at 6:09 AM, Wolfgang K�berer wrote:
    > This is an "Astronomisches Rechenger�t" made by Zeiss during WW II.  
    > You can
    > find a detailed description  by David Charlwood in the "Navigator's
    > Newsletter" No. 76 (Summer 2002), p. 10 - 19. Its successor, the  
    > ARG 3, was
    > still manufactured in East Germany in the 60s and its use taught in  
    > the
    > standard East German manual.
    > The price of the item on ebay is outrageous in my opinion; a  
    > similar item
    > went for less than 200 Euros a year or 2 ago (though that was  
    > underprized, I
    > think). If you want to have a look at one visit the Royal Navy  
    > Submarine
    > Collections (shelf No. Q35/27/84). The NMM also owns one, but it is in
    > storage.
    > By the way, whatever happened to the Navigator's Newsletter? The  
    > last issue
    > I received was "Spring 2008" and never heard anything afterwards.
    > Regards,
    > Wolfgang
    > Dr. Wolfgang K�berer
    > Wolfsgangstr. 92
    > D-60322 Frankfurt am Main
    > Tel: + 49 69 95520851
    > Fax: + 49 69 558400
    > e-mail: koeberer@navigationsgeschichte.de
    > -----Urspr�ngliche Nachricht-----
    > Von: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] Im  
    > Auftrag
    > von NavList@fer3.com
    > Gesendet: Freitag, 22. Mai 2009 10:49
    > An: NavList@fer3.com
    > Betreff: [NavList 8372] ARG 1 WW 11 U BOAT NAVIGATION DEVICE EBAY Item
    > number: 370193239339
    > Hi
    > does anyone know what this device is and how it works?  Not looking  
    > to buy
    > it, just understand it.
    > cheers
    > Roger
    > the ebay blurb is below:
    > Here's a rare 100% genuine WWII German ARG-1 (Astronomisches  
    > Rechengerat 1)
    > celestial navigation instrument by Carl Zeiss Jena. This late  
    > 1940's war
    > issue was first used by the Luftwaffe, then after naval trials,  
    > adopted for
    > use in German U-boats. This instrument is part of a collection  
    > whose history
    > suggests it was removed from the long-range U-boat type IXD Ex- 
    > German U-873
    > that had surrendered to US Naval Forces sometime in 1945. The  
    > celestial
    > computer is in excellent used condition and is 100% original. Its  
    > body is of
    > Bakelite construction and its original electrical cord is attached.  
    > It has
    > an illuminated glass screen and there are four original bulbs  
    > located in a
    > small storage compartment within the original storage box (see  
    > picture). The
    > microscope eyepiece with adjustable cross hair is in great shape as
    > pictured. The box is sturdy in all respects however its age wear is  
    > apparent
    > in the pictures provided. There are two original paper labels  
    > affixed to the
    > inside of the box as shown. Please note the small storage  
    > compartment that
    > houses the four bulbs as mentioned earlier. There is no manual or  
    > operating
    > instructions in this sale. The ARG-1 instrument has not been  
    > tested. Please
    > review the pictures provided for condition.
    > -------------------------------------------------
    > [Sent from archive by: rkputty-AT-westnet.com.au]
    > >
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