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    Re: astrocompass still in use
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2002 Sep 25, 11:58 +0100

    The only place that I know of would be Celestaire out of Wichita,Kansas.
    They have been carrying them in their catalogues for years. I honestly
    don't know if that holds true today.
    
    Mr. Gebhart, are you out there?  Can you confirm this?
    
    I can understand your lust!  They are beautiful and functional
    instruments. Make sure that you get a base standard with it as you need
    one of these to mount it properly.
    
    
    >I looked on the image with a rare lust.
    >Where is one to be purchased now, and for what cost, I wonder?
    >
    >Brian W
    >
    >At 05:18 AM 9/25/02, you wrote:
    >>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:
    >>
    >>
    >
    >Brian Whatcott
    >   Altus OK                      Eureka!
    
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