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    Advice on Sextant
    From: Peter Hollings
    Date: 2009 Aug 3, 12:21 -0400

    I am looking for some advice on choosing a sextant for present use (within a city) refreshing my skills and later for navigation aboard a yacht. Cost is a factor and, given that I would be using it for navigation offshore only, an accuracy within a minute or so should be sufficient. An artificial horizon (bubble) would be necessary for me to practice in the city. I think it would also be valuable at sea because it would enable sights when the horizon was obscured and, if the bubble were illuminated, at night. I’ve looked at WW II aviation sextants. Also, I have seen artificial horizon attachments for marine sextants for sale on eBay. (Unfortunately, the ad for the attachment did not specify which make/model of sextant it was designed for.)


    What sextant would you recommend and what further factors should I consider? Also, are there any issues when buying this sextant that I should be looking out for?




    Peter Hollings

    Atlanta, GA USA



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