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    Re: Hughes Bubble sextant Mk IXA
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2009 Jun 10, 11:07 -0400

    Bill -
    Thank you for your quick response. I've ruled out the MK IX A with
    averager due to it's price and the probable cost of shipping. The
    other one has been apparently been reconditioned by its seller who
    removed the clockwork. I gather it's also in the UK.
    I'm going to ask the seller what the cost to ship here to St. John
    (USVI) will be and will bid on it.
    As a fall-back I'm also watching a Link A-12 which sounds good.
    Another bidder asked the seller if the two (?) chambers had fluid and
    bubbles; the seller said yes.
    Thanks again, Hewitt
    On 6/9/09, engineer{at}clear.net.nz  wrote:
    >  Hewitt
    >  If the one you're looking at is the over-priced one on the UK site, 
    190312688318, it does has an automatic averager, as does the one for sale on 
    the US site. These are excellent instruments that give good results. For use 
    on land, the Mark IX may have advantages as it does not have the extra weight 
    of the clockwork averager. It has a six-shot finger-operated averager. The 
    latter is fairly easy to put back into order if disordered. I would not touch 
    the IXA averager without substantial clock-repairing experience. There is a 
    reconditioning manual available (mine!) if need be.
    >  Bill Morris
    >  Pukenui
    >  New Zealand
    >  >
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