A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2015 Apr 22, 11:45 -0700
Peter you wrote:
"I'm not sure side-to-side error would be of much concern, though. It would be something like side error in a sextant, I think---second order. Would still need to keep it under reasonable control, since the turning may not be through exactly 180 degrees. "
I agree, but if the perpendicular "side" tilt is large, say, a degree or more, then it could have a significant impact since it's really unlikely that the mirror would be rotated exactly 180 degrees.
All of these rotations, clever as Greg's trick is, are just ways of fixing a surface that isn't level. I feel like we need a pourable mirror surface. How about some of that mirror spray paint applied directly to a water surface? Has anyone played with that stuff? Or mirrored mylar floating on water? Or perhaps we could reduce the molecular weight of Mercury? Maybe a boiling hot bowl of zinc? Zinc is cheap, beautifully reflective, and it will melt over a natural gas frame. Oh but then there's metal fume fever... Maybe not! :)
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