Special Binoculars

Rob Matson (Rob_Matson@cpqm.mail.saic.com)
14 Jun 1996 11:54:08 -0800

                      Subject:                              Time:  11:04
  OFFICE MEMO         Special Binoculars                    Date:  96/06/14

With all this talk of stop watches and such for satellite tracking, it occurs
to me that some enterprising individual should design a pair of specialized
binoculars for satellite tracking.  An internal LED display could display the
approximate azimuth (using a fluxgate compass), elevation, date and time, and
stopwatch controls could be put on the top of each of the binocular barrels at
the natural handgrip positions.  And as long as your at it, you might as well
have an option for entering your latitude and longitude so that RA/DEC could
be displayed instead of Az/El.  If you REALLY wanted to get fancy, you could
have a GPS unit built into the thing so that the user wouldn't have to enter
time, date or position information -- and the time would never need adjusting.
 Of course, the problem is that there wouldn't be much of a market...  --Rob