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    Re: Any happy/unhappy Astra IIIB owners here?
    From: Dan Hogan
    Date: 2001 Apr 21, 10:59 AM

    I started out navigating with a Davis plastic sextant in 1963(?) or there
    abouts. I used it on trips to/from Hawaii, Baja, and up/down the coast. For a
    small boat it kept an accuracy of 4 Nmi+/-. Used it up to 1984, when I left
    it laying on a plastic cushion on the way to Santa Catalina Island one summer
    day, it tried to turn into a ball. Then I bought a used Huson, I used it
    until I got talked into exchanging it for a Freiberger.
    IMO a top of the line sextant is required only if you are going try Lunars.
    Otherwise, for *PRACTICAL* small boat navigation, most modern sextants will
    work admirably.
    Consider these errors:
            Your eyesight
            Boat motion
            Your plotting error
            Your method of sight reduction
            Any time error
            And, any errors in the charts
    Dan Hogan WA6PBY
    Catalina 27 "GACHA"
    Navigation-L List Owner

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