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    Re: Calibrating a sextant scale
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2007 Nov 24, 12:55 -0800

    Alexandre E Eremenko wrote:
    > 
    > Can you write this in Latin characters:
    > 
    >>I own a Russian theodolite (ТЕОДОЛИТ 3Т2КП
    >>on the cover of the manual)
    >>which reads to 1 second.
    > 
    > My conputer display does not read my natice Cyrillic
    > in e-mails:-)
    
    The first word is Te Ie O De O El I Te. The second word is 3 Te 2 Ka Pe.
    I used Windows Character Map to get the names of the characters (and to
    write Cyrillic in the earlier message). Not being a Russian speaker, I
    may have made some mistakes. E.g., Cyrillic has a letter which resembles
    digit 3.
    
    
    > Not suprsising that they are out of business.
    > How many years ago did it
    > cost $1200 new?
    
    About 6 years ago, I think. The market for non-electronic theodolites
    has decreased. Most professional surveyors use "total stations" which
    combine a precision distance meter with a digital readout theodolite.
    The instrument can dump its data into a computer. This is much faster
    than delicately bringing an optical micrometer into coincidence, reading
    the angle, and recording the observation in a notebook. To a
    professional, time is money, and the expensive instrument soon pays for
    itself.
    
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