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    Re: Any happy/unhappy Astra IIIB owners here?
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2001 Apr 20, 7:26 PM

    I have an Astra IIIb and it is decent, MUCH better than a plastic sextant.
    I own quite a few metal sextants, and my measurements indicate that Tamaya and 
    Plath are more accurate than the Astra.  I have seen used Tamaya Jupiter 
    sextants sell for about the same as an Astra IIIb and I think I would prefer 
    a Jupiter over an Astra given the choice, but you will be quite happy with a 
    new Astra as well.
    A high power scope also really helps with getting more accurate shots, but a 
    high power scope is much harder to use at sea.  Always a trade-off...
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    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L@LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM]On Behalf Of Yves Arrouye
    Sent: Friday, April 20, 2001 5:49 PM
    Subject: Any happy/unhappy Astra IIIB owners here?
    Hi all,
    I think I'm going to buy an Astra IIIB deluxe, traditional mirror, tomorrow.
    I won't really be able to use it immediately except for fun, but a friend
    mentionned an Atlantic crossing this year maybe, and that decided me: I have
    my excuse now :)
    Any comments on the sextant from owners would be welcome.
    My opinions do not necessarily reflect my company's.
    The opposite is also true..

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