A small, slender, magnetized bar which tends to align itself with magnetic lines of force.



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HOTCHKISS SUPERDIP

A sensitive dip needle consisting of a freely rotating magnetic needle about a horizontal axis and a nonmagnetic bar with a counterweight at the end which is attached to the pivot point of the needle.

SENSIBILITY

The ability of a magnetic compass card to align itself with the magnetic meridian after deflection.

FLINDERS BAR

A bar of soft unmagnetized iron placed vertically near a magnetic compass to counteract deviation caused by magnetic induction in vertical soft iron of the craft

DEFLECTION MAGNETOMETER

A magnetometer in which magnetic fields are determined from the angular deflection of a small bar magnet that is pivoted so that it is free to move in a horizontal plane.

LUNAR INEQUALITY

  1. Variation in the moon’s motion in its orbit, due to attraction by other bodies of the solar system. 2. A minute fluctuation of a magnetic needle from its mean position, caused by the moon.

DECLINATION VARIOMETER

An instrument that measures changes in the declination of the earth's magnetic field, consisting of a permanent bar magnet, usually about 0.4 inch (1 centimeter) long, suspended with a plane mirror from a fine quartz fiber 26 inches (515 centimeters) in length; a lens focuses to a point a beam of light reflected from the mirror to recording paper mounted on a rotating drum. Also known as D variometer.

AZIMUTH BAR

An instrument for measuring azimuths, particularly a device consisting of a slender bar with a vane at each end, and designed to fit over a central pivot in the glass cover of a magnetic compass.

VIBRATING NEEDLE

A magnetic needle used in compass adjustment to find the relative intensity of the horizontal components of the earth’s magnetic field and the magnetic field at the compass location. Also called HORIZONTAL FORCE INSTRUMENT.

OSCILLISTOR

A bar of semiconductor material, such as germanium, that will oscillate much like a quartz crystal when it is placed in a magnetic field and is carrying direct current that flows parallel to the magnetic field.

BEARING BAR

An instrument for measuring bearings, particularly a device consisting of a slender bar with a vane at each end, and designed to fit over a central pivot in the glass cover of a magnetic compass. See also AZIMUTH BAR.

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