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    Re: Celestaire Sextant Case
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2006 Sep 1, 15:18 -0500

    That was me Robert.  Probably about the end of July.  I do not have a
    digital camera but did drawings and sent them off list to the person who was
    interested.  For the life of me I cannot find the native CAD file of the
    drawing or PDF.

    The main idea was to cut out the layer of foam nearest the top lid so the
    mirrors and shades no longer made contact.  A piece of rigid round floral
    Styrofoam had a piece of wet suit, fabric side out, adhered to one end of
    the foam.  The foam "rod" was cut to length to give *slight* pressure
    against the 'top' of the frame.

    This is similar to the box my Astra came in. The frame is supported from
    below, with the legs stopping any lateral motion.  The shades, mirrors,
    scope etc. float free in air.  The leg from the lid to the frame prevents
    the sextant from moving off the lower support base.

    I will continue to look for the drawing, and try to get a photo in the next
    week or so.  If the person I sent the drawing to off list retained it,
    please send it to me off list and I will forward to Robert.


    > Some time ago, we had a discussion about the plastic bullet proof case offered
    > by Celestaire.
    > The main discussion on this subject matter was how the sextant is secured in
    > the box and which parts of the sextant come into contact with the foam in the
    > lid. One of the posters indicated that he had modified his case to include
    > foam blocks which come into contact with the frame of the sextant, rather than
    > the horizon mirror frame. He was going to post a photo of his set up.
    > I have lost that posting and cannot remember the name of the fellow who posted
    > it.
    > Buddy, if you are out there, do you have a photograph of your set up that you
    > would be willing to share with me?  I love my sextant case and I am pretty
    > much satisfied with how I have it set up, but on further examination, it does
    > indeed appear that if the case happens to be upside down position (highly
    > unlikely if I have anything to say about it) or even in the carry position,
    > the horizon mirror frame is likely the pressure point for the lid. I like the
    > idea of modifying it so that the pressure is on the frame. But I would like to
    > see your setup before I start fumbling around in my mad scientist workshop.
    > cheers,
    > Robert
    > >

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