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    Re: A Sextant For The 21St Century
    From: Michael Daly
    Date: 2007 Nov 15, 15:43 -0500

    Greg Rudzinski wrote:
    > 21st Century Sextant Specs:
    >
    > 1. Blue tooth sensors on the micrometer drum sending to a laptop with
    > barometer, thermometer, chronometer, chart plotter, and celestial
    > functions.
    
    Skip the micrometer and sense directly off the frame (laser etch in
    gazzilionths of a degree - think HD-DVD bit densities).  Protect the
    laser etching with an synthetic sapphire window and embed the whole
    sensor package in a watertight enclosure.
    
    I assume you mean the temp/barometer sensors are on the instrument, not
    the laptop.  Nothing like exposing only the sextant to the elements.
    
    > 4. Ergonomic adjustable grip.
    
    with automatic plumb and horizon.
    
    If you're going to equip it with a compass, you may as well give it star
    seek functionality like high-end consumer telescopes.  The sextant can
    automatically preset the altitude and sense the star in the eyepiece.
    You could provide an image overlay with star markings so you know that
    you're looking at the right one.
    
    But then, you become redundant.
    
    Mike
    
    
    
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