declination variometer

declination variometer

[‚dek·lə′nā·shən ‚ver·ē′äm·əd·ər]
(engineering)
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 2-6 inches (5-15 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.