Theodolite

Theodolite

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Description
The U.S. Weather Bureau, which transferred this item to the Smithsonian, termed it a meteorological balloon theodolite, Russian, 1942.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
theodolite
date made
1942
Measurements
overall: 9 5/8 in x 6 in x 7 1/2 in; 24.4475 cm x 15.24 cm x 19.05 cm
ID Number
PH.316265.01
accession number
224564
catalog number
316265.01
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

Is this a Soviet Union sourced balloon or artillery theodolite? I remember buying one around 2000 from Russia. It was sold as a pilot balloon theodolite, but I was not sure as it only reads directly to 1 degree and most balloon theodolites read directly to 0.1 degree. I have not seen a US produced version of this device.

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