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    Re: Heath Hezzanith question
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2007 Oct 21, 20:56 -0400

    
    On Sun, 21 Oct 2007 frankreed{at}HistoricalAtlas.net wrote:
    
    > If so, I played with one of those last
    > year, and my advice would be to do nothing.
    > The metal is prone to fracture,
    > and you don't really need a working light
    > on a sextant that badly anyway.
    
    I agree that one can live without a light
    (though a sextant light is a great convenience at night,
    in a small boat, without an assistant. My experience
    shows that two hands is usually not enough to do everything,
    you have to hold the flash light with your teeth,
    and then it is hard to direct it properly.)
    
    But if the battery is still inside the handle I would
    remove it, even with the risk of damaging the handle:
    the leaking battery will make further damage to
    the more important parts of the sextant.
    
    What type of Hezzanith do you have?
    (Those types which I know have bakelite handles
    with a skrew-in lid on the bottom. I would apply some
    WD-40 and a proper instrument to unscrew the lid.
    
    Alex.
    
    
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