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    Re: WWII astrocompass still on Offer
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2002 Oct 8, 18:31 -0400

    Good show Brian,
    Now you are a member of an elite, secret society ;-^)
    I believe that Celestaire carries bases. Failing that, any machinist should
    be able to carve one out of aluminium or brass. A friend of mine had this
    done and additionally, had the machinist incorporate a threaded insert in
    the base so that he could mount it on a camera tripod. Slicker than snot as
    they say.
    I had the problem with the wrinkled plastic ivory-coloured sheet. I ended up
    getting a replacement for it from Ken at Celestaire (being the fine fellow
    that he is). I think that heat and sunlight will deteriorate those pieces.
    Let me know if you want a set of instructions. I can always scan my own in
    and send it as a PDF.
    Have fun. Nothing like playing around with that thing on a warm starry
    evening. Unfortunately for me, in my part of the  world, starry nights are
    synonymous with cold nights which takes the glow off of the whole thing.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Brian Whatcott 
    Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2002 7:54 PM
    Subject: Re: WWII astrocompass still on Offer
    > I did surrender to the call of the ..er.. astrocompass.
    > Of the three mentioned on eBay, I topped the bidding on the third
    > and highest priced one - at $67 plus S&H  None with bases though.
    > One of them had a noticably wrinkled sight screen (ivory plastic sheet)
    > which I suppose was heat damage.
    > And I am glad: do you hear? Glad!

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