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parently elevated on account of the refraction of the atmosphere : This is particularly to be noticed in high latitudes.
To observe the Sun's Azimuth. Raise the magnifying-glass to the upper part of the vane, and move the box, as before directed, until the bright speck fall on the other vane, or on the line in the horizontal bar; the card is then to be stopped, and the divisions being read off, will be the sun's magnetic azimuth,
If the card vibrate considerably at the time of observation, it will be better to observe the extreme vibrations, and take their mean as the magnetic azimuth. When the magnetic azimuth is observed, the altitude of the object must be taken, in order to obtain the true azimuth,
It will conduce much to accuracy if several azimuths be observed, with the corresponding altitudes, and the mean of the whole taken for the observation.
To find the variation of the Compass by an amplitude.
RULE-1. To the log. secant of the latitude, rejecting the index, add the log. sine of the sun's declination, corrected for the time and place of observation; their sum will be the log. sine of the true amplitude, to be reckoned from the east in the morning, or the west in the afternoon, towards the north or south, according to the declination.
2. Then if the true and magnetic amplitudes, be both north or both south, their difference is the variation; but if one be north and the other south, their sum is the variation; and to know whether it be easterly or westerly, suppose the observer looking towards that point of the compass representing the magnetic amplitude : then if the true amplitude be to the right hand of the magnetic amplitude, the variation is east, but if to the left hand, it is west.
July 3, 1812, in latitude 90 86' S. the Sun was observed to rise E 12° 42' N : required the variation of the compass. Latitude 90 36' S.
Variation 10 38 west, because the true amplitude is to the left of the magnetic
EXAMPLE II. September 24, 1812, in latitude 26° 32' N. and longitude 780 W. the Sun's centre was observed to set W. 6° 15' S. about 6h. P. M. required the variation of the compass. Sun's declination
00 3O'S Corr. for long. 780 W.
+ 5 Corr. for time 6h. P. M.
+ 6 Reduced declination
0 41 Sine 8.07650 Latitude
26 32 Secant 0.04834 True amplitude
W. 0 46 S. Sine 81.2484 Mag. amplitude
W. 6 15, S.
Variation 5 29 east, because the true amplitude is to the right hand of the magnetic.
To find the Variation of the Compass by an Azimuth RULE. 1.-Reduce the Sun's declination to the time and place of observation, and compute the true altitude of the Sun's centre.
2. Subtract the Sun's declination from 90°, when the latitude and declination are of the same name, or add it to 90°; when they are of contrary names, and the sum, or remainder, will be the Sun's polar distance.
3. Add together the Sun's polar distance, the latitude of the place, and the altitude of the Sun; take the difference between half their sum and the polar distance, and note the remainder. 4. Then add together
the log. secant ofthe altitude rejecting their the log. secant of the latitude indices.
the log. co. sine of the half sum, and the log. co. sine of the remainder.
5. Half the sum of these four logarithms will be the sine of an arch, which doubled, will be the Sun's true azimuth; to be reckoned from the south in north latitude, and from the north in south latitude : towards the east in the morning, and towards the west in the afternoon.
6. Then if the true and observed azimuths be both on the east, or both on the west side of the meridian, their difference is the variation : but if one be on the east, and the other on the west side of the meridian, their sum is the variation; and to know if it be east or west, suppose the observer looking towards that point of the compass representing the magnetic azimuth ; then if the true azimuth be to the right of the magnetic, the variation is east, but if the true be to the left of the magnetic, the variation is west.
EXAMPLE. November 2, 1812, in latitude 25° 32' N. and longitude 75o W. the altitude of the Sun's lower limb was observed to be 15° 36', about 4h. 10m. P. M. his magnetic azimuth at that time being S. 58° 32 W. and the height of the eye 18 feet; required the variation of the compass. Sun's de. Nov. 2, at n. 140 48' S. Obs. alt. Sun's lower limb 150 68 Corr. for long. 750 W. + 4 Semidiameter 16' ? Co. for ti. 4h. 10.n.af. n. + 3 Dip
+ 12 Reduced declination 14 55
15 48 90 00
15 45 Altitude
Co. sine 9.46345
Co, sine 9.92929
True azimuth S. 64 28 W.
5 56 east, be right of the magnetic.
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Zo draw a true meridian line to a map, having the variation and
magnetical meridian given. On any magnetical meridian or parallel, upon which the map is protracted, set off an angle from the north towards the east, equal to the degrees or quantity of variation, if it be westerly, or from the north towards the west, if it be easterly, and the line which constitutts such an angle with the magnetical meridian, will be a true meridian line.
For if the variation be westerly, the magnetical meridian will be the quantity of variation of the west side of the true meridian, but if easterly, on the east side; therefore the true meridian must be a like quantity on the east side of the magnetical one, when the variation is westerly, and on the west side when it is easterly.
To lay out a true meridian line by the circumferentor. If the variation be westerly, turn the box about till the north of the needle points as many degrees from the flower-de-luce towards the east of the box, or till the south of the needle points the like number of degrees from the south towards the west, as are the number of degrees contained in the variation, and the index will be then due north and south : therefore if a line be struck out in the direction thereof, it will be a true meridian line.
If the variation wat easterly, let the north of the needle point as many degrees from the flower-de-luce towards the west of the box, or let the south of the needle point as many degrees towards the east, as are the number of degrees contained in the variation, and then the north and south of the box will coincide with the north and south points of the horizon, and consequently a line being laid out by the direction of the index, will be a true meridian line.
This will be found to be very useful in setting an horizontal dial, for if you lay the edge of the index by the base of the stile of the dial, and keep the angular point of the stile toward the south of the box, and allow the variation as before, the dial will then be due north and south, and in its proper situation, provided the plane upon which it is fixed be duly horizontal, and the sun be south at poon; but in places where it is north at noon, the angular point of the index must be turned to the north.
How maps may be traced by the help of a true meridian line. Ifall maps had a true meridian line laid out upon them, it would be easy by producing it, and drawing parallels, to make out fieldnotes ; and by knowing the variation, and allowing it upon every bearing, and having the distances, you would have notes sufficient for a trace. But a true meridian line is seldom to be met with, therefore we are obliged to have recourse to the foregoing method. It is therefore advised to lay out a true meridian line upon every map.
To find the difference between the present variation, and that at a time when a tract was formerly surveyed, in order to trace or run gut the original lines.
If the old variation be specified in the map or writings, and the present be known, by calculation or otherwise, then the difference is im
mediately seen by inspection ; but as it more frequently happens, that neither is certainly known, and as the variation of different instruments is not always alike at the same time, the following practical method will be found to answer every purpose.
Go to any part of the premises where any two adjacent corners are known; and, if one can be seen from the other, take their bearing; which, compared with that of the same line in the former survey, shows the difference. But if trees, hills, &c. obstruct the view of the object, run the line according to the given bearing, and observe the nearest distance between the line so run and the corner, then,
As the length of the whole line
Suppose it be required to run a line which some years ago bore NE. 45°, distance 80 perches, and in running this line by the given, bearing, the corner is found 20 links to the left hand; what allowance must be made on each bearing to trace the old lines, and what is the present bearing of this particular line by the compass ?
P. Deg. L
Answer, 34 minutes, or a little better than half a degree to the left hand, is the allowance required, and the line in question bears N. 440 26". E.
Note. The different variations do not affect the area in the calculation, as they are similar in every part of the survey.
* 57.3 Is the radius of a circle (nearly) in such parts as the cirá cumference contains 360.