Ainsworth Solar Transit – S/N 2946 – Nice Condition – Circa 1915

Ainsworth Solar Transit – S/N 2946 – Nice Condition – Circa 1915

$2100

This is a very nice solar transit made by Ainsworth, an instrument maker based in Denver Colorado. The solar attachment is a Saegmuller unit, and the transit was made in about 1915 based on its serial number. Comes with a tripod but not box.

Circa

Circa 1915

Maker

Ainsworth

Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Surveying Instruments & Mining, Engineering antiques

Description

This is a really neat circa 1915 Ainsworth Solar Compass.   Ainsworth had a unique approach to attaching a Saegmueller Solar unit to a transit.  Ainsworth would modify a Saegmueller solar unit to fit on a mining transit designed for a second scope and counterweight (like Berger used).  I’ve asked around and Ainsworth was apparently the only maker who took this approach.

 

 

Note that the counterweight loop is only a half loop.  I have no idea what that’s about – never seen that before.  

 

 

This Ainsworth solar transit has an earlier style Saegmueller solar unit, which is interesting.   The Ainsworth manual shows later style a Saeg unit.  The counterweight on my unit also looks larger than what the manual shows.  I suspect that the purchaser of this Ainsworth might have already had a Saeg solar unit and had Ainsworth modify his Saeg unit to fit on the this Ainsworth transit.  Don’t know for sure of course – maybe Ainsworth had an old Saeg unit sitting on the shelf.

 

 

Either way, this is a really neat and very solar transit.

 

 

No box, but has a tripod (probably not original).

 

 

9.5 inches telescope.  2.5 inch compass needle.  Serial number 2946.  Missing one vernier glare guard.   Compass hard to read – small 2.5 inch needle

The levels contain liquids.

 

 

Optics work on both scopes. No crosshairs on the big scope. The Saeg might have crosshairs – hard to tell.  Solar unit wobbles a bit – needs tightening.  

 

Please see my Ainsworth Instrument Maker Webpage for more information about Ainsworth.

 

 

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