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    Re: Don't do this to a sextant
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 Nov 7, 23:47 EST
    I agree. There are still some companies that do mirror "aluminizing" or "resilvering" for telescope optics. They should be able to do sextant mirrors which are comparable in size to the secondary mirrors in Newtonian reflectors. You might try googling "telescope mirror resilvering" etc. Of course, this is expensive. It may be cheaper to acquire sextant mirror spares and then cut them to fit an older sextant.
     
    The prices of high-quality commercial telescopes have declined dramatically in the past twenty-five years so home-built telescopes, and the cottage industries that supported them like mirror resilvering, are becoming rarer. But, wow, you sure can get a great telescope for a modest amount of money! Damn shame the stars have disappeared...
     
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars

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