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    Re: Freiberger pressie
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2002 Nov 20, 22:38 -0400

    George Huxtable wrote:
    > My conclusion? That in reality, other things like rigidity being equal, the
    > lighter a sextant is, the better it will be. Just my opinion, for what it's
    > worth.
    Isn't the point that other things are not equal? In particular, your
    archetypal crusty old sea captain likely has biceps conditioned to
    holding a chunk of brass at eye level for minutes on end -- a feat that
    the average weekend yachtsman cannot readily match when on the bucking
    deck of a small boat far out to sea.
    I'd suggest that, rigidity and wind resistance being equal, the heavier
    a sextant is the better, so long as its weight remains within the limit
    that a particular user can handle without tiring, under the particular
    conditions where he is using it.
    Trevor Kenchington
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