A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Ivan L
Date: 2014 Nov 25, 01:14 -0800
So, hello everyone,
finally, the day has come - the booklet/manual is complete and You can download it from here.
The booklet/manual (in later text only - "manual") is designed as a replica of original russian manual with subsequent translation in english and small personal addendum at the end, just to clarify certain things a bit.
It is in MS Word document (*.doc) because the idea behind it was that anyone can edit it for himself (i.e. Serial number, or perhaps corrections table).
There is also a stamp present on the page with corrections table. Reviewing severall different issues, that were selflessly provided by other people, I found that all had different stamps (same shape, but different letters), so it is my belief that each technician (responsible for estimating and managing corrections) had his own stamp, possible with his own initials. I highlighted mine with pink highlighter to make it more "genuine like".
The dates on the pages with tables are also subject to personal touch. The ones stated here are the ones I begun serious work on this. You can put any date You like (perhaps the one You actually make the corrections).
First of all, I need to thank two persons for the help with translation and forming the text in propper manner (as well as for all the good advice I had along the way):
- Alexandre Eremenko - the Ukranian/US mathematical Genius, and
- William Morris - New Zealand's (Worlds) sextant Genius.
The translation might not seem pefect at places but I tried my best to stick, as much as possible, to original text in russian. It (the translation) has been carefully reviewed in this regard and, although it could have been perhaps a smidge more sensible at places, is in fact the result of trilateral agreement and aproval (as well as month's worth braincracking over it). Also, I will use the opportunity to recommend Bill Morris's book because it also made tremendeous difference.
Second of all, I need to thank to following e-bay sellers for selflessly providing photos and scanned copies of their own manuals.
Thank You all for participating and making this possible! :)
Finally, I added some photos of how I came to print-out my copy and have it stapled together in a booklet, as well as two other photos to show which color the originals had (I've made mine with white sheets, but the originals almost universally had brown packing-paper kind of sheet - I guess it's up to You).
And now, ladies and gentlemen...enjoy. :)