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    Re: Buying a sextant- a cautionary tale.
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2006 Apr 27, 16:09 -0700

    there were serious problems with the arc. Although, over most of the arc,
    the fine
    divisions were clear and sharp, at angles less than 10 degrees, they had
    become faint and hard to read. Below 5 degrees, through the
    zero-point, to the end of the off-the arc section, there was no trace of any
    fine-divisions whatsoever. They had been completely
    polished off. That, of course, made it quite unusable as a measuring
    instrument, though it would still have some value as an
    By this time, money had already changed hands, and the seller didn't quibble
    at all about making a full refund
    My experience shows up the problems that can occur when you buy something as
    finicky as a sextant, sight unseen, at auction. Will I
    be tempted to try again? Probably, yes. What more can I do to avoid another
    disappointment? I have no idea. Perhaps others, with
    more experience of these matters, can offer suggestions.
    Never, never, ever buy anything from an online auction without seeing a
    picture or more of the item. If the picture/s aren't clear enough to show
    the detail you want to see contact the vendor for more or better pictures
    before you place any bid. And don't bid on anything until your
    concerns/curiosity have been assuaged by the vendor.
    It's risky enough to buy something online but to bid on and win something
    one has never even seen........what's the phrase? Caveat Emptor or some
    Luckily, it turned out better for you than does for most in this instance.
    A good amount of times in these auctions the vendor hasn't a clue to what is
    being offered in his/her auction or doesn't know how to answer a certain
    technical question or has no idea of the item's history.
    A picture IS worth a thousand words. Especially in an online auction.

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