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    Best Budget Sextant for Novice Celestial Navigators
    From: Greg Rudzinski
    Date: 2016 Nov 8, 15:59 -0800

    The beginner celestial navigator needs a sextant that gets the job done without breaking the bank.  The following are the budget options and my grade:

    1. Davis MK 3 ... C

    2. Ebbco Special ... C+

    3. Davis MK 15 ... B

    4.Used metal sextants from Indian ship-breakers (Ebay) ... A

    The Davis MK 3 is the cheapest sextant and can be had used on Ebay for $20. They have the very minimum of features and a vernier scale that could spell trouble for the beginner who transitions to a metal micrometer sextant. For piloting this sextant does get an A.

    The Ebbco Special can be found for $45 on Ebay but expect the Sun filters to be ruined. Replacement is not difficult but most likely beyond the skill level of a beginner. This sextant is great when traveling through airports. Light, compact, and airport X-ray friendly.

    The Davis MK 15 does everything a metal sextant does at the expence of an acceptable reduction in precision. $150 new or half that used. This sextant is the best option if traveling through airports to meet a vessel as crew or passenger. 

    The most interesting budget option can be had from ship-breakers out of India. Ebay has some very nice examples to choose from with the best buys beiing those sextants that for some reason are missing a scope ($200). A sextant without a scope is still functional so these offers are the best buy IMHO. A beginner can add a scope at a later date if the CN hobby takes hold.

    Greg Rudzinski


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