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RARE C.PLATH BUBBLE HORIZON 5 Plus Stars
Photos are of SN 2797. Unit for sale is SN 2723.
Presented is a rarely seen C. Plath Bubble Horizon
in absolutely outstanding and flawless condition. There is no instruction booklet, but the device is simple to use and provides
an artificial horizon using paired cross-hairs giving a horizontal and vertical reference. The bubble is centered at the midpoint
of the cross-hairs and the celestial body is brought into coincidence with the bubble's center. The serial number shows the
design as 1978 manufacturer and the Deutsch Hydrographic Institute indicia shows that it is certified for use in commercial
The bubble horizon is attached to the sextant in the normal way, and its power
cord with male prong fits either of the two female receptacles that are found on both the C. Plath and Cassens & Plath
sextant handles. The electric power illuminates the cross-hairs and bubble images and reflects the images into the bubble
chamber. The intensity of the light is adjusted by the knurled knob at the top. The system will fit a wide variety of other
sextants including Tamaya and the Russian CHOT, but an auxiliary power source will have to be provided.
CONDITION: This instrument shows no discernible
evidence of wear that it can be considered as new.
On the side: CPLATH, No. 2723, W.
On the end cap: DHI, 10/2/1/78
THE SEXTANT PICTURED IS NOT INCLUDED
SUGGESTED USE: The bubble horizon has a 32 power
optical system and a smaller than normal field of view. The internal dampening mechanism of the bubble is greater than will
be found on less costly alternatives, but requires some practice in getting used to. The knurled knob of the upper cylinder
adjust the intensity of the light. The Plath Bubble Horizon is far superior to a normal artificial horizon which can only
be used for objects with altitudes of less than 60 degrees and can not be used for twilight sights. This makes it ideally
suited for land based training applications, for land navigation and for use at sea from ships large enough to be a stable
platform. Interestingly, in the 1970-80's this device, in an earlier form, was issued to U.S. submarines for back-up
celestial navigation. Ref. Dutton's Seamanship & Navigation, 12th Edition, Article 2206, page 385.
Utilizes 4 x 40 scope body
Knurled knob adjusts light intensity
C. PLATH BUBBLE HORIZON SPECIFICATIONS:
Magnification 3 X
4" H x 4 1/4" L x 1 3/4" W
Slip-on green filter included
Weight: 7 oz
device is suited for someone who can appreciate the fine points of its design, and is willing to pay an appropriate price
for this level of C. Plath quality and excellence.
COMPANY HISTORY: In brief, Carl Plath started manufacturing
sextants, in addition to other nautical products, in Hamburg Germany in 1862 though the company's origin dates back to 1837.
As a result WW II, C.Plath was dismantled completely by the occupation forces. Around 1950, various prohibitions were lifted,
and C. Plath was allowed to begin production again of sextants and other nautical instruments. Also in 1949,C.Plath was offered
a gyrocompass patent and in 1951 the first gyrocompass designed to this patent was presented to the public. C.Plath progressed
from the role of instrument maker to that of a modern marine navigation equipment manufacturer. In the following years the
product range was expanded by many more modern designs such as autopilots, speed logs, radio direction finders, etc.
In 1962 C.Plath was acquired by Litton Industries,
a large American concern.The C.Plath North American Division was set up in 1978 in College Park near Washington. 1996 saw
the introduction of the world's first fiber-optic solid-state gyrocompass by C.Plath. The first ever gyrocompass with no moving
parts. Sperry Marine was formed in 1997 with the combination of C.Plath, Decca Marine and Sperry Marine with more organizational
changes yet to come. After 163 years, C.Plath changes its name to Sperry Marine in May 2000. In 2001 Sperry Marine becomes
part of the Northrop Grumman Corporation, and shortly thereafter discontinues sextant production. All parts, machinery, and
tooling were destroyed.
GUARANTEE OF SATISFACTION: You must be fully satisfied with your purchase on arrival and that our
description is entirely accurate or your money back. The only conditions are that an email authorization be obtained within
three days, and that the instrument is returned in its original condition and packaging, and insured for its full value. Unfortunately,
shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless we are at fault.
International buyers welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied
customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic,
Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy,
Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania,
Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern
FLAT RATE SHIPPING AND PACKING to 48 contiguous States $25.00.
Only once before have we offered a C. Plath Bubble
Horizon of this quality and era. It will be equally home at sea or in a collection of only the finest.
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