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    Re: Freiberger Skalen (scale) sextant
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2009 Mar 27, 12:01 -0400

    Thank you very much for the dimensions and the picture. Golly,
    vis-a-vis the Tamaya, the Skalen looks like a panzer alongside a
    rickshaw.
    
    As you suggest, the size of the tank's garage may have been a factor
    in lack of enthusiasm among navigators.
    
    As a matter of curiosity, which sextant's box holds the record? I no
    longer have my C. Plath, but it's case had the snap-fitting which
    clamped the sextant's handle when you set it into the box. The
    advantage was you could stow the sextant quickly and without
    re-setting the arm to 40�. The extra size was a distinct annoyance,
    though, both traveling and stowing.
    
    -Hewitt
    
    On 3/26/09, engineer{at}clear.net.nz  wrote:
    >
    >  Hellow, Henry
    >
    >  You wrote:"Can you give an idea of the measurements of the Skalen? Judging from
    >
    > the sizes of the knob and the index mirror it looks like it might be
    >  7/8 or even 3/4 of a standard full-size sextant."
    >
    >
    > Dimensions:
    >
    >  End of eyepiece to front of horizon shades 260 mm;
    >  Top of handle to bottom of release catch 220 mm;
    >  Thickness of frame 30 mm;
    >  Height overall from back of handle to top of horizon shades 160 mm.
    >  Weight 1.6 kg;
    >  Index mirror 52 x 42 mm;
    >  Horizon mirror half-silvered, 56 mm diameter;
    >  Telescope 3.5 x 40 Galilean.
    >
    >  Box dimensions 300 x 290 x 190 mm, almost a record!
    >
    >  I've updated the picture on my blog (www.sextantbook.com) of the view 
    through the eyepiece and added one of the skalensextant alongside a Tamaya 
    632D.
    >
    >  Kind regards
    >
    >
    >  Bill Morris
    >  Pukenui
    >  New Zealand
    >
    >
    >  >
    >
    
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