A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Mike Boersma
Date: 2004 Mar 17, 09:52 -0500
Tritium is getting harder to obtain. My understanding is that the plant that produced tritium in South Carolina is no longer open. This could mean that servicing your compass could be extremely expensive.
Robert Eno wrote:
Greetings List, About 10 or more years ago, I purchased a handheld prismatic "Sight Master" compass which was manufactured by a firm called "Sisteco" from Finland. This is by far, is the best handheld compass that I have ever owned. It is carved out of a block of aluminum and therefore robust; it is easy to sight with, and has tritium gas illumination. The compass itself is still working fine, except the illumination part has faded away. It appears that Sisteco is no longer in operation. I've seen similar models advestised by Brunton and Silva but I have yet to see a prismatic type compass with the tritium gas illumination. My question to the list is: does anyone know where I might send this compass to, to have the tritium gas recharged? I suspect that like everything else made nowadays, I will end up having to throw it away and buy a new one, but I am fundamentally opposed to this practice. Any advice or assistance would be appreciated. Robert EnoIf you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
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