Re: Russian Astronomical Theodolite (fwd)

VideoCosmos (
Fri, 19 Dec 1997 13:41:32 +0300 (MSK)


At 22:43 18.12.1997 -0500, Jay Repsler wrote:
>A fellow typewriter collector asked me this question about a theodolite.  
>Does anyone here have some info?
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>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.

The only I can guess is that 80M3 = EOMZ stands for 'Eksperimentalnyy
Optiko-Mekhanicheskiy Zavod' = Experimental Optico-Mechanical Plant
of the said Central Nautical Scientific Institute.

Igor Lissov