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Introducing the WNDSN Night Ops Telemeter

BERLIN, 2020-12-21, DECEMBER SOLSTICE – The return of an old favorite to make sense of those dark times.

“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” –Terry Pratchett

WNDSN Applied Sciences lab is pleased to announce the Night Ops Telemeter, new in stock for those working or adventuring under low-light conditions or in the dark.

The WNDSN Night Ops Telemeter is a re-release of an old classic. It is a simple, one-sided Telemeter engraved on transparent acrylic, made with a special slot to accommodate a 2″ mini chemlight for lateral illumination of the scale marks for night-time or low-light observations. The Night Ops Telemeter features a maximized set of scales with 7.5° x 7.5 x 500 units and is the first WNDSN product to use the new single-line font for 2021.

With the transparent acrylic and a special engraving technique, the Night Ops Telemeter makes use of the refraction property of the material which allows reading the scales against a light background where they appear dark, as well as in the dark, where they appear light — thus providing good contrast in most conditions.

The WNDSN Night Ops Telemeter is laser-engraved on glossy, transparent, 1/8″ (3 mm) thick acrylic stock, in the size of a standard credit card. Included is all that is required to get started, including a pre-configured Dyneema string, and printed 32-page Telemeter pocketbook instructions (in English and German), as well as access to the digital 240-page full manual.

WNDSN’s bestselling Telemeter is a measurement, calculation, and exploration instrument with thousands of units in use by professionals such as emergency, security, and law enforcement personnel, also teachers and instructors, as well as private enthusiasts, urban explorers and adventurers.

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.

In extreme conditions, or in cases where laser rangefinders do not work or cause errors, WNDSN Telemeters can be used as a primary tool or to get a “second opinion” to cross-check values obtained with different means, or in emergency situations when other methods fail or are unavailable.

WNDSN Telemeters continue to spark and promote interest in contemporary metrological science and ancient navigational history as well as educational astronomy.

Made in Germany.

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Introducing the WNDSN Eclipse Challenge Coin

BERLIN, 2020-12-03 – “The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.” –Mae Jemison

WNDSN Applied Sciences Lab is pleased to announce the release of the new heavy metal WNDSN Eclipse Challenge Coin. The challenge coin is a fan-favorite and well-loved token to those who have taken on the spirit of adventure and self-reliance by choosing WNDSN products. 2020 has been a difficult year for many, and WNDSN is thankful for the support shown this year. With this coin, WNDSN upholds their operating instructions, “to pursue, to persist, to prevail” and to acknowledge that these qualities have been especially critical this year.

The front side of the coin shows the WNDSN metrology motto: “ex mensura, scientia” or “knowledge from measurement” and a graphical representation of a lunar eclipse that utilizes the old alchemical symbol for verdigris and, later, the astronomical symbol for the Earth. A few adornments form a riddle to be decoded or divulged at a later date.

The back side of the coin is divided into four graphical quadrants featuring a shadow square, standing for solving problems of space, a set of equal hour lines, standing for determining time, and the sine quadrant as the most elegant of mathematical instruments. In the fourth quadrant resides the WNDSN maker’s mark. Those who look closely, will always find more.

A challenge coin rewards good work and service, bolsters morale, and signals one aficionado to the other. The coins are made in Berlin, Germany with exceptional precision and clarity of lines. Coming in at 1.5 inches diameter (38 mm), enthusiasts can for now choose between a coated brass or copper coin that weighs 26 or 27 g, respectively.

Available at: https://store.wndsn.com/products/wndsn-eclipse-challenge-coin

Introducing the WNDSN Telemeter Dog Tag in Brass

BERLIN, 2020-11-12 – Your tools should last longer than you do.

Brass, used since prehistory, is the ever-classic. Its malleability, durability, antimicrobial properties, and sheer cosmetic appeal makes Brass stand out among flashier, more modern materials and WNDSN reaches for it again and again when creating new products, this time bringing it to their signature Dog Tag Telemeter Pendant.

The core tenant at WNDSN is “The best tool is the one you have with you, on you.” and they mean it literally when it comes to the dog tag. The Brass Dog Tag Telemeter Pendant is the newest product in their line of distance measuring and range finding instruments. The Brass Dog Tag retains the classic military format, sized according to specifications and matching current U.S. Dog Tags. A heavier material, the Brass Dog Tag weighs in at 1oz (33 g). Now available in Brass, this Telemeter will become an heirloom item for the next generations of explorers.

The WNDSN Brass Dog Tag Telemeter pendant fixates the distance to the measuring scale by way of creating a necklace that is holding the scales at a set distance from the eye, thus enabling accurate measurements. The simple instructions are, as always:

Find an object of known size at the distance you need to measure and determine the angular size which you can subsequently convert to distance.

The new WNDSN Brass Dog Tag Telemeter pendant features two sets of scales; on the left-hand side, a standard angular size scale with a maximum of 10° graded in 0.2° increments, and on the right-hand side, a special multiplication scale that allows the user — knowing the dimension of the object to be measured — to directly multiply the value for the distance.

Further design elements and features are:

  1. Both sets of scales have extra-long marks, extended from the edges to be visible with dog tag silencers installed.
  2. The dog tag itself features instructional icons to create a self-contained tool.
  3. The backside is intentionally left blank to either sandwich the Telemeter dog tag to the back of regular dog tags, or alternatively for the end user to add additional information, velcro, or marker tabs.

The WNDSN family of Telemeters are wallet-size distance and altitude nomographs developed in the WNDSN applied science lab. They combine a thousand years of civil engineering, surveying, navigation, and astronomy in durable, low-tech, high utility instruments that can be brought anywhere, are self-containing, and independent of external, modern technologies.

Under certain conditions or in cases where laser rangefinders tend to fail or result in errors, WNDSN Telemeters prevail and can be used as primary or “second opinion” tools, to cross-check values obtained with different means, or in austere situations when other methods fail or are unavailable.

The WNDSN Brass Dog Tag Telemeter is made in Germany, its scales are laser-engraved and precision-cut into 3 mm raw, unpolished brass. The device carries the WNDSN maker’s marks; scientific instructions are engraved and supplemented by a printed how-to in both English and German. An abridged manual is included as a PDF and a 400-page printed comprehensive manual is available separately at WNDSN or via bookstores.

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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.

WNDSN Range Calculator Dog Tag

Berlin, 2020-09-17 – The best tool is the one that you always have on you, and the WNDSN MIL/MOA Range Calculator Dog Tag takes this saying literally. Upon customer request, WNDSN has developed a version of its popular MIL/MOA Range Calculator in the classic military dog tag format. This is the smallest usable range calculator, a tool that belongs on every explorer’s and marksman’s neck.

Designed for professional and recreational use, the MIL/MOA Range Calculator Dog Tag allows the user to input the MIL or MOA from their scope’s reticle and return the distance to the target of known dimension. This takes out the guesswork of gauging distance, enabling accurate range estimation and eliminating mental calculation errors while under stress.

The WNDSN MIL/MOA Range Calculator Dog Tag is made from black anodized aluminum according to U.S. standards for dog tags and weighs next to nothing. Like all WNDSN products, it features laser-engraved scales and includes instructional icons to create a self-contained tool. The backside is intentionally left blank, enabling the user to either sandwich the Range Calculator Dog Tag to the back of regular dog tags or to add additional information, velcro, or marker tabs.

“How far is my 3.5 mil, 12 inch target again?”

The Dog Tag’s scales are unitless, which means that the user can input MIL or MOA on the left side, and for the object size, if the value is in meters, input meters on the S-scale, and read the resulting distance meters on the D-scale. If the object size is in feet, feet is input and read as feet; to convert the result from feet to yards, the value is divided by 3. If the target size is in inches, the inner, left hand S-scale is used, which is graduated as 3 feet divided in 12 inches each. Inputting inches this way, the resulting value on the right hand D-scale is in feet.

For sub-degree angular sizes (1° = 60 minutes or MOA), the Dog Tag calculator provides increased precision by allowing direct input and calculation in MIL (milliradian) or MOA. The Dog Tag calculator can thus be used as a high distance/high precision companion to WNDSN Telemeters, it uses the same principles of calculating distance from angular size, only that with the Dog Tag calculator, the sighting and measurement isn’t done with the naked eye on the instrument but instead, the input values come from rangefinding reticles or similar devices.

Under certain conditions or in cases where laser rangefinders tend to fail or result in errors, WNDSN Telemeters prevail and can be used as primary or “second opinion” tools, to cross-check values obtained with different means, or in austere situations when other methods fail, are unavailable or contraindicated.

The device carries the WNDSN maker’s marks; usage instructions are engraved and supplemented by an included printed how-to booklet in both English and German. A 400-page printed comprehensive manual is available separately at WNDSN or via bookstores.

Link: https://store.wndsn.com/products/wndsn-range-calculator-dogtag-3×3-aluminum

Introducing the Wndsn High-Viz Quadrant Telemeter

“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.” –Henri Matisse

Wndsn Messtechnik is introducing the latest iteration of one of the most popular Wndsn Telemeter products. After more than a thousand units sold, the new white Wndsn Quadrant Telemeter is released in the beginning of 2020 in a high-contrast, high-visibility version with a number of new features.

The Wndsn Quadrant Telemeter is a measurement and calculation instrument for indoor and outdoor use, its users require attributes such as ruggedness, durability, and integrity of the various scales. For black and transparent instruments, Wndsn uses cast Acrylic that works reliably under these conditions and is deep-engraved.

To increase legibility without losing durability in the process, after various tests examining legibility, resilience, and resistance of different surfaces, a new material has been chosen: A sandwich acrylic consisting of a black core with matte white outer surfaces that are cut through by engraving, thereby exposing the black material underneath for high contrast and scales that cannot wear off (a requirement that prohibits simply printing the scales).

Other new and updated features on the Wndsn High-Viz Quadrant Telemeter are:

1. A 100 MIL mark on the angular size scale, it’s a special value for various calculations, one of which being the point where an object of unknown size has a height of 0.1x the known distance, or vice versa.

2. Another scale mark, just as easy to miss; this one is also to be found on the angular size scale and is located at 7.5°. Wndsn’s naked-eye astronomy users have asked for this one, 7.5° equals 30 minutes of earth rotation and the mark can be used against a fixed star to measure minutes passed in the sky.

3. The slope/tan scale on the quadrant side received a makeover and got redesigned according to the updated Wndsn style guide for logarithmic scales. The result is a more refined scale with higher precision and better readability.

Wndsn Telemeters are wallet-size distance and altitude nomographs developed in the Wndsn applied science lab. They combine a thousand years of civil engineering, surveying, navigation, and astronomy in durable, low-tech, high utility instruments that can be brought anywhere, are self-containing, and independent of external, modern technologies.

The Wndsn Quadrant Telemeter is a naked-eye observation instrument for measuring angles via various inputs and sighting methods. In addition, the Quadrant Telemeter is a graphical, analog computer providing functions to directly process or convert the acquired values.

Scales on the Wndsn Quadrant Telemeter:

+ angular size and distance
+ height or depth of object
+ altitude or elevation
+ computation of sine, cosine, and tangent from a given angle and back
+ degree and slope quadrant
+ shadow square
+ inclinometer

The various engraved scales enable the user to copy dimensions from the real world onto a small ruler in their hand, and read the matching distances directly from the instrument, thereby computing arbitrary navigational distances and other essential information about the world around us, as long as a triangle is formed between user, scales, and object of interest.

Under certain conditions or in cases where laser rangefinders tend to fail or result in errors, Wndsn Telemeters prevail and can be used as primary or “second opinion” tools, to cross-check values obtained with different means, or in austere situations when other methods fail or are unavailable.

The credit-card sized instrument is handmade in Germany and manufactured in the spirit of astronomical instruments of the Renaissance, built by the likes of Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Gemma Frisius. The scales are laser-engraved and precision-cut into 3 mm black, acrylic with white, matte surfaces. The device carries the Wndsn maker’s marks; scientific instructions are engraved and supplemented by a printed how-to in both English and German. A 240-page printed manual is included as a PDF and is also available separately at Wndsn or via bookstores.

The new Wndsn High-Viz Quadrant Telemeter is available at:
https://store.wndsn.com/products/wndsn-quadrant-telemeter-wqtm-75x7x500q90i30-white-acrylic

Alexander Becker
Wndsn Messtechnik UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Obentrautstr 43
D-10963 Berlin
Germany

+491723904525
info@wndsn.com
http://store.wndsn.com

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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