Having booked a days leave to view the Eclipse, failed
to get hold of an aircraft to get on the Eclipse path,
I was not amused to wake to an overcast sky. However,
I packed the old theodolite and headed
off to the firm's car park. Here there was a Television
set and as important, a Kettle.
To my surprise and delight the clouds parted with about
ten minutes to spare and, apart from my position off track,
I was able to get as many shots as I wanted of the
unfolding spectacle. Here is one of them.
This was taken through the eyepiece of the theodolite
via the supplied filter, the smearing is just that! The filter
small that it got between my greasy fingers and I was
unable to get it properly clean. Why it is a green filter I dont
all the ones I have seen are the same! The theodolite
was one of several I bought Government Surplus, this one was used
by the Army on an "Honest John" missile system. The
bulky canister below the mounting is a Gyroscope, called a meridian
finder in the military literature. I have several accesories for
the same instrument marked up as Naval Stores so I assume the
Hilger and Watts No.2 was used by both Army and Royal Navy.
There are other ways to view the sun however................parsinomy
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