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Wndsn Quadrant Telemeters

Wndsn Graphical Telemetry Computers: Low tech, high utility distance & altitude nomographs from the Wndsn applied science lab

Wndsn Quadrant Telemeter

Introducing Wndsn Quadrant Telemeters

Wndsn Quadrant Telemeter: Back-sighting the sun.


Wndsn Quadrant Telemeter

Uses & Applications

The best tool is the one you have with you, on you. Wndsn Telemeters are wallet-size distance and altitude nomographs developed in the Wndsn applied science lab. Wndsn Telemeters combine a thousand years of civil engineering, surveying, navigation, and astronomy in one durable, low-tech, high utility instrument that can be brought anywhere, is self-containing, and independent of external, modern technologies. Wndsn Telemeters are naked-eye tools that offer various means of measuring angular size, as well as graphical computers providing functions to process or convert the measured values. Their purpose is to help you navigate using known landmarks or astronomical features, to cross-check values obtained with different means, or in emergency situations when other methods fail or are unavailable.

When navigating in adverse conditions, we need more than guesswork to get home safely. We specialise in ensuring successful rangefinding and local positioning in the majority of situations. The worst case model, based on our high frequency research, is a reality in which electricity and data networks aren't available or accessible.

At Wndsn, we ask ourselves what happens when the lights go out. We ask what we will need which can't be improvised. If electronics stop working, all our usual strategies and technological solutions are unavailable. Rangefinding can be improvised, but with the right tools we can improve the accuracy by one or even two orders of magnitude to make the difference between seeking and finding.

The solution is to go back before the age of electricity and look for tried and true knowledge that was good enough for generations. The answer is obvious: low tech.

Navies around the world still offer sextant training to their midshipmen, knowing that there is always a place for the art and science of low tech (but high utility) navigation. The sextant and its predecessors, traditional celestial navigation, surveying, triangulation, as well as analogue wayfinding techniques form the DNA of our Telemeters.

About Wndsn

Wndsn's Applied Science Lab, based in Berlin, develops and manufactures that which can't be improvised; measurement, navigation, and surveying instruments informed by the motto "Ex Mensura, Scientia" - knowledge from measurement.

Wndsn produces archival quality products that are designed with intent by combining techniques proven over centuries; arcane science meets cutting edge contemporary methods, resulting in iconic, timeless, high-utility designs.

In addition to custom-built instruments and tools, metrology & illumination solutions, Wndsn creates expedition mementos and morale patches to celebrate cross-disciplinary exploration in the spirit of the Renaissance. Wndsn morale patches are acutely designed - no line is left to randomness, no element is mere filler. They serve as infographics, how-tos for the Wndsn tools, magic sigils, as well as functional markers.

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