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    Dropped sextants
    From: Bill Morris
    Date: 2011 Mar 19, 21:44 -0700

    When sextants are accidentally dropped onto hard surfaces, bits that stick out, like shades and micrometer shaft commonly get bent or broken. While the frames of alloy sextants are very rigid and do not seem to bend when dropped, bronze frames can certainly be bent in a fall and this can introduce large errors.

    In a recent blog post, that may interest those who love sextants, I have told the story of the near-death experience of an old C Plath micrometer sextant. On reaching the end of http://sextantbook.com/2011/03/20/c-plath-sextant-lives-again/ I doubt there will be many dry eyes...

    Bill Morris
    Pukenui
    New Zealand
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