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    Re: Current Sextant Manufacturers
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2012 Mar 30, 11:03 -0400

    Zvi, You asked:
    > So are they really the best sextants ever made? Better than the C. Plath
    > Navistar Classic and the Tamaya M-733 Spica?
    1. Bill Morris, who overhauled more than 30 sextants of various makes,
    and has testing equipment says so repeatedly in his books and blogs.
    2. My own experience is this. I owned two C. Plaths,
    one of the beginning of XX century, with vernier; another of 1950-s,
    their most common model, in excellent condition. Both were from e-bay,
    of course. I bought them to play with them, and I am obsessed with accuracy
    (Lunar sights etc.) After two months trials I sold both of them.
    I had on loan Frank's Tamaya (clone, something "International Nautical").
    And I used Bill's new Astra many times.
    I also tried several Astras when Celestaire visited Chicago boat show.
    I tried also several Cassens Plath's (one in their factory) and
    a Husun once.
    (I think this lists completely my experience, not counting pocket sextant
    and air sextant).
    Of all of these SNO is the best.
    Cannot say anything definite about Navistar Classic or Tamaya Spica.

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