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    Re: astrocompass still in use
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2002 Sep 25, 11:18 +0100

    Ah, you have brought up a topic which is very near and dear to my heart.
    The Astrocompass. I bought one in 1983 from a fellow who had a warehouse
    full of these items, as well as MK IX RAE Bubble Sextants.
    
    I have always considered the astrocompass to be not only a utilitarian
    device but also a work of artistic beauty.
    
    The astrocompass is still in use in Arctic Canada; in fact according to
    one of my contacts in the airline industry, its use -- as a backup system
    for maintaining a heading -- in small aircraft such as twin otters, is
    still mandatory.
    
    So you can see that it is still in use for it's originally intended
    purpose.
    
    I still have a set of the original instructions that came with the unit. I
    used to have a paper entitled "Using the Astro Compass as a Transit" but
    it has long since dissapeared.
    
    >The astrocompass lives on. A major utility company in California
    >allows engineers and architects to borrow one to evaluate solar access
    >to a building site. Here is their online manual:
    >
    >http://www.pge.com/003_save_energy/003c_edu_train/pec/toolbox/tll/app_note
    s/astro_comp.shtml
    
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