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    Re: Back In Hobby: Some Questions, Please
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2007 Apr 25, 10:17 -0700

    Enjoy your retirement.
    Yes, full sized frame sextants are still manufactured.
    Tamaya would be my choice (since I own and use one myself) as a
    "premium" sextant to purchace and use. But if I had to watch my pennies
    I would gladly purchase an Astra III-B Deluxe sextant. Get the deluxe
    model because those models have larger index mirrors than do the
    standard model III-Bs. Nice enough and precise enough for everyday use.
    If you go the III-B route I suggest you spring for a traditional horizon
    mirror to go along with the whole horizon mirrors that are standard on
    the newer sextants.
    Forget the newer editions of Bowditch. Find an older edition for use.
    The newer editions skimp on the Celestial Nav chapters the older ones
    have.
    
    
    
    
    Hi,
    
    Now that I'm retired, I would like to bring myself back up to speed
    with this great hobby.
    Was wondering about the following, as I haven't tracked any of this
    for many a year, unfortunately.
    
    a.  Are full sized frame, metal, sextants still being manufactured
    anywhere ?
    
    b.  If so, by whom, please ?
    
    c.  Irrespective of price, which are acknowledged as the "best" in
    quality now ?
    
    Guess I should probably get myself a new copy of Bowditch.
    Looking thru Google, it seems the Gov't does not print it anymore,
    although, apparently it is available from some private publisher(s).
    
    I now have the single blue covered 1962 single volume edition with the
    really nice plastic star insert pages.  I guess they don't do it like
    this anymore.
    
    All in all, confusing, as to what's available, and from who.
    
    Where would you folks suggest I go to purchase the most complete, best
    printed, and clearest, volume ?
    
    Guess I should also ask which on line source is the most complete for
    navigation related texts, etc. (other than Amazon) ?
    
    Thanks,
    Bob
    
    
    
    
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