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In 1835 The solar compass was invented by William Austin Burt of Michigan. The solar compass is a compass with a specific purpose of determining "Latitude" and "True North". By making observations on the sun or other stars, the latitude of the location can first be determined and then "True North" can be determined. The solar compass also has the ability to measure horizontal angles much like a transit.