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    Re: Cyrillic Alphabet And Russian Sextant Designations
    From: Joel Jacobs
    Date: 2005 Feb 14, 21:18 +0000
    I conceed, that you are right that your eye would not be able to focus on the wires. However, both the objective and occular lenses of many sopes of tubular design simply unscrew. A simple sleeve insert could be added with crossed wires behind the objective lens if someone wanted to go to the trouble.
    Your other point are dubious. If there is no Roman/Latin? eqivalent, there is no Cyrillic letter to confuse.
    I think your SNO-M must be a Russian forgery. ;-) The one I have, and have had in the past, has a tag that says SNO-M, not SNO-M. I have never had a SNO-T that had a tag that said SNO-T. I also have a copy of an original Russian manual that is titled SNO-M.
    I will continue to refer to Russian sextants in accordance with the labels on their case, and not worry about about whether or not it bothers Alex and others familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet.
    Joel Jacobs
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    -------------- Original message from Alexandre Eremenko <eremenko@MATH.PURDUE.EDU>: --------------

    > Joel:
    > On Mon, 14 Feb 2005, Yourname Here wrote:
    > > As a side thought, I wonder if someone has not tried
    > > adding cross hairs directly in front of a scope's objective lens? That
    > > should be fairly easy to do.
    > But this will not work.
    > Just take any scope and hold a wire in front of the
    > objective lens. You will not see this wire through the scope.
    > The only place to put the wire is in the FOCUS of the
    > objective lens. In Galileo scope this focus is behind your eye:-)
    > > BTW, most of the people I come in contact with
    > > don't know the Cyrillic alphabet. The label on the SNO-T sextant case is
    > > marked SNO-T. Hen! ce, I will always refer to that model as it is tagged,
    > > SNO-T.
    > I think this rule is not rational because you cannot
    > stick to it consistently. It is just an accident that Cyrillic
    > letters C, H, O and T look like some Latin letters.
    > But what will you do if you encounter a Cyrillic letter which
    > has no Latin counterpart? Look, for example at the letter
    > "SHCH" on the arm of your SNO-M sextants:-)
    > Alex.
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