Russian Astronomical Theodolite (fwd)

Thu, 18 Dec 1997 22:43:16 -0500 (EST)

A fellow typewriter collector asked me this question about a theodolite.  
Does anyone here have some info?

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Maybe we can share some information. I have a lot of stuff on Gould, all
his horological writings and most of his books on oddities and curiosities.
I even have a self portrait of him at his desk at the Hydrographic Office.
Nothing, I'm afraid, on his typewriter interests. I'd be happy to share any
of this stuff.

I just acquired a Russian astronomical theodolite which was used, I am
told, for satellite tracking. It is described as being made by the Moscow
Central Nautical Scientific Institute, model 80M3 (the '8' is really a
backwards E), 1971, sn 361. The main 'scope has a 55mm objective with a
couple of eyepieces, 45x and 56x. There is a 30x finder 'scope, Filar
microscopes to read the horizontal rotation to 1 arc second(!) and the
vertical to 5. It's a giant instrument. The machine and its 2 large fitted
oak cases weighs 80 Kg. Everything seems to operate well.

Can you tell me anything about this instrument or point me to a forum, list
or news group where I can ask.

Many thanks,


Jay Respler
    Satellite Tracker * Early Typewriter Collector
               Freehold, New Jersey