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    Re: Bubble sextants on e-bay
    From: Michael Dorl
    Date: 2006 Dec 31, 16:46 -0600

    Alex:
    
    I also bought a 5851 on ebay and was very happy with the result.  I got the
    sextant, Bakelite carrying case, battery case, and some spare light
    bulbs.  The sextant was perfect in every way although it took me a while to
    figure out how to form the bubble.  My sextant has the averager and lights
    (with battery case) for reading the scales with but I wouldn't think that
    was important.  As I understand things, the radioactive substance used to
    illuminate the bubble has a very long half life time so there's no need to
    worry about that.  You should be able to walk the seller through forming
    the bubble.  Let me know if you need directions.   I think I paid about
    $150 plus shipping in an auction.  Precision is no better than 1 minute.
    
    Mike
    
    
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