A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Henry Halboth
Date: 2009 Jul 25, 08:58 -0700
I think I know what you are looking for. At one time the US Navy issued a rather solid and substantial plastic Station Pointer – about 10” in diameter, marked in degrees, fitted with a center metallic marking fitting; with rather short arms; the moveable arms being clampable, and all stowed in a heavy cardboard pocketed folding black envelope – actually a worthwhile compromise instrument This to be differentiated from a rather cheaply designed commercial model with an approximately 6” center rose and long floppy arms and no clamping devices. The USN also once issued a quality brass instrument with silver arc, long adjustable arms, and vernier adjusted setting arrangement.
I keep track of available navigation instruments and have not seen either the Navy plastic or metal station pointers offered for sale in a long time; they are apparently pretty scarce. Russian and British metal Station Pointers are frequently offered for sale on ebay and are apparently similar to the Navy high quality metal instrument, but usually close inspection of photos provided appear to evidence derangements in the area of setting verniers – prices usually range from $100 to $200.
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