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for the backing. Your eye will quickly note which will be the better. Decide; place it on a pad and flatten by placing a piece of paper on top, and apply light pressure.
(b) Thoroughly clean the glass with ether-alcohol and absorbent cotton.
(c) Place a few drops of mercury on a clean blotter and thus remove any dirt.
(d) Place a drop of mercury on the part of the tin-foil which will not be used for actual backing. It will form like a blister. Raise the pad and enlarge blister by an inclined circular motion. Add more drops of mercury as necessary until the blister has extended over the entire tin-foil. Put the pad down on the desk. Take the sextant glass and gently slide over the mercury. Examine and see if clear of flaws. Then remove glass by sliding off and reclean. Some sediment will probably be found on the surface of the mercury. Again gently slide the glass over the mercury to the correct position, and if clear of flaws, turn up the outboard edges, place the pad in an inclined position to allow the excessive mercury to drain off and let backing set. At least twenty-four hours should be allowed.
(e) Collect the excessive mercury and put in bottle. It is essential that the part of the tin-foil where the mercury was first dropped on should not be used as the actual backing. For some reason this spot will crumble up and spoil the backing.
(f) When tin-foil has set, remove the edge and apply backing. In applying do not use a brush or anything that rubs. It will tear the tin-foil. Apply as you did the mercury to the tin-foil. Put on one drop and work it over the tin-foil by an inclined circular motion, until entirely covered. Be careful to just cover the observing edge, but thoroughly cover all the other edges. Then let backing set and dry.
It is well to practice first with a piece of glass about the size of an index glass, but watch the sharp edges. They are apt to tear the tin-foil. After a little practice you will be able to make perfectly satisfactory mirrors-so will your chief quartermaster.
Although the above will be found to be perfectly satisfactory, it is essential that the navigator should not allow his sextant to be unduly exposed, or his mirrors to get in unsatisfactory condition, but if they should and time be available, the above will be found to produce excellent results.
U. S. NAVAL INSTITUTE
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