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    Re: Buying a sextant- a cautionary tale.
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 Apr 30, 06:54 EDT

    Requesting more photos is absolutely excellent  advice. But a buyer should
    bear in mind that no quantity of photos can guarantee  that a sextant, purchased
    from any source, will be free from arc error, for  example, or loose
    components or even defects in design (like insufficient  shades). You've got to buy it
    and try it.
    
    The best assumption to have in  mind when you buy a sextant on ebay
    especially is that you can always re-sell it  and probably for more or less the same
    money you paid. There are transaction  costs, shipping costs, etc., so on a $400
    sextant, you should probably expect to  lose $40 turning it around. And if
    you're just a bit clever at spotting a  bargain or just a bit creative in
    writing up a description when you sell it,  chances are fair that you will make at
    least that much money in profit.  Effectively then, you're renting a sextant
    for nothing. Keep it for two months,  or keep it for two years, and then move on
    to another one. You'll get much more  experience with different designs.
    
    By the way, as a hypothetical, how  could you use a sextant with a dead
    section, from whatever cause, close to zero  degrees? The sextant would certainly
    be a nuisance, but it would still  work.
    
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
    
    
    

       
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