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    Re: Sisteco Primatic Handheld Compass
    From: Peter Ulph
    Date: 2004 Mar 17, 13:30 +0000

    I had one of those compasses and unfortunately lost it..the tritium
    ilumination worked well..as I tried to replace it..I was informed that it
    was withdrawn due to radiation safety issues under new US and Europe
    regulations. It was fine until you broke the tube....!!!..frankly I decided
    not to pursue it any further because of that. I dont think you'll have much
    luck replacing the tube. I'm not aware of other manufacturers using this
    technology any more
    >From: Robert Eno 
    >Reply-To: Navigation Mailing List 
    >Subject: Sisteco Primatic Handheld Compass
    >Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 00:02:32 -0500
    >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 Eno
    >If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin'
    >somebody else's dog around.
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