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    Re: Don't do this to a sextant
    From: Henry Halboth
    Date: 2006 Nov 6, 16:38 -0500

    As long as there is no deformation, I believe restoraton to a condition
    of serviceability is entirely possible. I have done so with several old
    sextants/octants that have been missing a variety of parts and have found
    them entirely useable; excepting the arc and vernier most other parts can
    be made or replaced in kind. I do not question a degradation in value by
    the use of non-original or fabricated parts, but the instrument can be
    made useable.There is an old vernier sextant on my workbench right now on
    which I am converting the split horizon mirror to a solid mirror surface,
    which is requiring modification of the horizon frame and the installation
    of new mirror spring clips, all of which I expect to work well on
    completion. It should be added, however, that I have at hand an
    assortment of micro tools as well as watrchmakers' lathes.
    On Sun, 05 Nov 2006 13:45:46 -0800 Lu Abel  writes:
    > FrankReedCT@aol.com wrote:
    > > And then there's an item for sale on ebay:
    > > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330046150877
    > > 
    > > I don't mind so much that someone has turned an old sextant into a
    > lamp.
    > > It's better than using it as a hammer, I suppose. But look at the
    > > position of the index shades. Ouch. :-)
    > I wonder whether one could recover an antique sextant from the lamp?
    > Other than the position of the index shades (which can likely be put
    > back into position by unscrewing their holder), it looks like it
    > hasn't
    > been mangled too badly.
    > Lu Abel
    > >
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