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    Re: astrocompass still in use
    From: Brian Whatcott
    Date: 2002 Sep 25, 10:36 -0500

    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
    >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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