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    H.O. 208 Editions Compared
    From: Greg Rudzinski
    Date: 2010 Mar 3, 19:29 -0800

    Over the last six months I have purchased on Amazon four different edition years of Dreisonstok H.O. 208 of the following:

    2nd Ed. year 1928
    5th Ed. year 1937
    5th Ed. year 1940
    6th Ed. year 1942

    The second edition 1928 is well bound using high quality paper. After 82 years the pages still look good. The fifth edition 1937 has added a useful bubble sextant refraction correction table on the first page and nice index tabs to tables and explanations. The fifth edition 1940 is the same as the 1937 except for a reconfigured refraction/dip table A & B. The sixth edition 1942 uses thin low quality paper that discolors badly. This may have been due to war time shortages. The thinner sixth edition does fit perfectly into a Navy Mk 5 bubble sextant case.

    Of the four edition years I would recommend the 1940 fifth edition that has the high quality paper, gold lettering on cover, tabs, and improved refraction and dip correction tables.

    A wide selection of various H.O. 208 editions are selling for very reasonable prices on Amazon.

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