A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David C
Date: 2017 Sep 30, 13:21 -0700
Has anybody got any suggestions for me? Anybody made effective use of molasses as an artificial horizon? Or is this one of those ideas that gets mentioned from time to time, but hardly anybody has ever actually tried it?
I tried golden syrup but had the same problems you mentioned. I now use cooking oil. It is slightly more viscous than water but settles down quickly when disturbed. Bubbles are not a problem - if any form they can be easily removed. The main reason I switched from water to cooking oil is that with the former I was continually wiping condensation from the glass.
Cooking oil is better than engine oil because it is much easier to clean up spills.