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    Re: Hughes Bubble sextant Mk IXA
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2009 Jun 10, 10:58 -0400

    Jean-phillippe -
    Thanks very much for your comments. My gut feeling from reading the
    seller's description was that this was a serviceable sextant and your
    knowledge of the seller confirmed my judgement. The probable cost of
    shipping may keep me from this one but i'm watching and will bid.
    I've ruled out the other MK, IXA with averager, due to its high
    initial price. The probable cost of shipping totally sinks it.
    I live on St. John  in the US Virgin Islands (Lat 18� 20' N), so the
    circumpolar region is extensive.  There are a lot of offshore islets
    around St. John which means sun and moon shots with a marine sextant
    are almost always dip-short.
    Thanks again for your really helpful response, Hewitt
    On 6/10/09, jean-philippe planas  wrote:
    > This Mark IX has been modified by its current owner in order to be
    > operationnal again. But he says that he had to cut off the averager that was
    > beyond repair. I know this guy who is very knowledgeable in Hughes MkIX. I
    > trust this sextant can be used for backyard or desert navigation once the
    > index error is identified. If you live between 40-50 degrees north
    > latitudes, for a NE-NW orientation you'll have plenty of high altitude star
    > shots available in summer, and very few in winter. Sun rise shots are
    > possible now and in summer.
    > JPP
    > --- On Tue, 6/9/09, Hewitt Schlereth  wrote:
    > From: Hewitt Schlereth 
    > Subject: [NavList 8598] Hughes Bubble sextant Mk IXA
    > To: NavList@fer3.com
    > Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 5:39 PM
    > One of these is on eBay right now. It's said to be in fine working
    > order; apparently overhauled by seller in England. I'd like to know
    > it's suitability for practice from my deck which faces north and where
    > the peripheral lines of sight due to shoulders of flanking hills only
    > give me NW to NE.
    > So it's mostly going to be star sights at night.
    > I once had a Navy Mk. V and liked it a lot, especially the clockwork
    > averager. I can't tell if the Hughes has an averager, though there
    > does seem to be part of a key (cut off) at the edge of one photo.
    > Thanks, Hewitt
    >  >
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