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    Re: Cleaning arc of Vernier sextant.
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 Oct 26, 23:02 EDT
    Henry H you wrote:
    "If the truth were to be known, the conventional wisdom of my day was to
    leave the sextant alone, crud and all. The more encrusted a sailor's
    sextant might be, the more experienced he (no shes then) and competent he
    was thought to be. The cigarette/cigar ash polish was advanced as an
    alternative for the fastidious to use. How times have changed!"
     
    Can you describe this process of polishing with ashes? I'm having a hard time picturing it. Are you pouring ashes onto the arc and then rubbing them with your finger, or do you rub the cigarette/cigar itself, ashen end down, along the arc?
     
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars

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