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    Re: Bubble horizon/dessicant
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2002 Dec 19, 00:47 -0500

    Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby ;-)
    Glad to see that it is healthy and robust!
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Brian Whatcott 
    Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 5:36 PM
    Subject: Re: Bubble horizon/dessicant
    > At 03:20 PM 12/18/02, Paul Hirose, you wrote:
    > > >... the Kollsman is fitted with a
    > > > removable cylinder which contains a desiccant to keep the pellicle dry
    > > > taut. Every once in a while, you must remove this cylinder, dry out
    > > > desiccant and replace it. ...
    > >  My Kollsman arrived
    > >this morning. Looks like it's in excellent condition. Paint is near
    > >mint, image is sharp, bubble size adjustable over a wide range,
    > >mechanical averager checks out fine. There are two dessicators. One is
    > >a tiny capsule visible through the window at the top of the optical
    > >tube. The other is in the sextant body. They're both turning pink...
    > For what it's worth department:
    > These days, the fancy gelatine capsules with calcium channel blockers,
    > beta blockers or whatever blood pressure control nostrums come in a
    > plastic jar carrying a little plastic dessicant capsule.
    > (Which reminds me: NPR carries news of comparitive surveys showing
    >   a diuretic at 10 cents a pop works better than these $3 a pill affairs:
    > a fact fit to put the drug companies' PR reps' blood pressure through
    >   the roof!)
    >   I would get me to the friendly local pharmaceutical dispenser, and
    > sweet talk her,  if I were in need of dessicant...
    > Brian Whatcott
    >    Altus OK                      Eureka!

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