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    Re: SNO sextants
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2004 Nov 11, 22:19 -0500

    But the words "Merchant Marine" in Russian have
    no letter "M" in them. Neither any synonimous expression
    I can think about. Merchant Marine is
    "Torgovyi Flot". So this cannot explain the meaning
    of the letter M in SNO-M.
    I never held a SNO-M in my hands, so I cannot compare.
    My impression was that SNO-M is an older model and SNO-T
    a newer one.
    Sometime in 1930-s or 1940-s they tried to copy a C. Plath
    with aluminium frame
    (Joel: is it true that all SNO-M's have aluminium frames?)
    and then, in 1945 or later they decided that Freiberger design is
    better for some reasons (maybe better for aluminium frames?)
    maybe took some machinery and/or experts from Germany,
    and based their new model on this. There are also rumors
    that they used German optics.
    I really don't know, these are just speculations.
    But I would be very interested to know any details on
    their production and problems they confronted.
    Someone earlier mentioned in this list that
    in  1945 "Soviets plundered the Freiberger factory",
    I remember this sentense but cannot find the message.
    Interesting, where this information comes from?

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