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    Re: Brass Reproductions
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2008 Jul 6, 22:42 -0600
    Many of these brass reproduction sextants in fact do not even any any moving parts: they are completely soldered as a fixed piece.  The "brass" on many of these units feels like a very crummy thick plastic.  They are absolutely horrible.  -- Dan

    On Sat, Jul 5, 2008 at 12:26 PM, Ken Gebhart <GEBHART@celestaire.com> wrote:

    Bruce,

    DO NOT buy any reproductions and expect them to work at all.

    Ken Gebhart
    On Jul 5, 2008, at 12:27 AM, bruce hamilton wrote:

    >
    > Many of you probably keep a good eye on e-bay, and must see the
    > constant
    > listing of reproduction sextants. Now I know they are not certified
    > instruments, but how bad are they?  My reason for an interest in
    > them is
    > the originals that they represent are rare and expensive. Even if I
    > had
    > limitless cash, no one is making anything but standard sextants any
    > more. I would love a working Small Craft Precision Sextant by Francis
    > Barker and Son, or  a good pocket sextant, but might have a look at
    > the
    > Ross of London, or Stanley reproductions. The 3 inch brass box sextant
    > looks interesting, and the smaller pocket sextants are a good size
    > too.
    > Has anyone ever tried any of these reproductions? I find that in these
    > days of mass CNC machining that even cheap items can be quite well
    > made.
    >
    > I have had lots of great suggestions before from the list members,
    > and I
    > have time on my side as I am not suddenly going to ship out,
    > although I
    > still have my discharge book.  I keep a constant eye on e-bay, and
    > even
    > picked up a working ASTROCOMPASS MK II for a ridiculously low price
    > so I
    > know there is always hope.  A friend is going to lend me a theodolite;
    > so I am going to give that a go as well.  I have come to the
    > conclusion
    > that an artificial horizon is just not good for stars in a city
    > unless I
    > use mercury, and I don't want to go there. I am looking for a cheapish
    > silver surfaced mirror, but I  might make one if I find the time.
    >
    > In the mean time, I search e-bay and hope.
    >
    > Thanks again
    >
    > Bruce Hamilton
    > Vancouver BC
    > Canada
    >
    >




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