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    Brass Reproductions
    From: Bruce Hamilton
    Date: 2008 Jul 04, 22:27 -0700

    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
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