Simex Star Finder

Description
Like the Rude star finder, the Simex has a white plastic planisphere with the northern sky on one side and the southern on the other; nine clear plastic altitude-azimuth templates for use at different latitudes up to 85° north and south; a clear plastic meridian angle template; an instruction card; and a cardboard envelope. Captain Sven T. Simonsen, a commander of Army Transportation Corps vessels during World War II, established the Coast Navigation School in the post-war period, and marketed Simex instruments. This instrument bears the inscription "Simex STAR FINDER AND IDENTIFIER / FORMERLY USN HO 2102-D / Coast Navigation School / SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA."
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: .4064 cm x 24.765 cm; 5/32 in x 9 3/4 in
overall: 1/2 in x 9 3/4 in; 1.27 cm x 24.765 cm
ID Number
2003.0331.03
catalog number
2003.0331.03
accession number
2003.0331
Credit Line
Gift of Roger Sherman
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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