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    Re: K & E Marine Theodolite (ebay)
    From: Jackson McDonald
    Date: 2014 Apr 29, 14:14 +0000
    These theodolites were used by USN meteorologists to track weather balloons, also known as pilot balloons, to measure high altitude winds.  This type of theodolite is often referred to as a Pibal (from Pilot Balloon).   As best as I can tell, this type of instrument was not used for navigation, though it does work on the same principles as a sextant.   I would appreciate further information from other members of this group.      

    JMcD




    From: NoReply_Becker@fer3.com
    To: jacksonmcdonald---.com
    Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:56:22 -0700
    Subject: [NavList] K & E Marine Theodolite (ebay)


    A K & E Marine Theodolite is listed on ebay under the title "USGI WW2 Keuffel & Esser Co. Air Navigation Sextant". Is anyone familiar with this device? I am not a potential bidder, just curious if anyone has used one. Brenner's Pilot Balloon webpage names it K & E Marine Theodolite.
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