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    Re: Instumental error?
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2005 Apr 21, 02:36 -0500

    Alex wrote
    > In Soviet union we never believed
    > any specifications:-)
    > (The case we are discussing is even worse:
    > My sextant was made in the year SU collapsed:-)
    > But I am surprised that you trust so much what
    > Celestaire or CP write in their advertising
    > booklets. Or is it normal in the West that
    > such things are trusted?
    Off topic--but:  Of course (and I'll leave G.W. out of the discussion)!  In
    the past a bar of soap could be lathered up and used for washing your hair
    or body; add a brush and voila--shaving lather. No four-blade razors needed.
    Now men need several products.  How many products women need I won't even
    speculate on. If you have read "Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" you know
    "the first people to be lined-up against the wall and shot after the
    revolution will be the marketing department of...."  If you have not read
    it, some version of it will be available on the big screen soon. Or I can
    loan you the BBC radio-broadcast tapes.  So the West doesn't necessarily
    "trust" advertising/marketing, they just buy into it as part of a dream.
    Don't ask *me* why ;-)
    On topic:  In the case of Celestaire, they offer a money-back guarantee. (If
    I recall a wise man suggested the Astra over the SNO-T when I was riding the
    fence over an affordable full sized vs. yacht-sized sextant because of the
    guarantee.) I have found Celestaire to be as good as their printed word
    (unusual these days).  Even if I don't trust the booklet advertising, if I
    order an item and they send me a lemon--or if it does not measure up to what
    I believe the item was advertised as--they make it right.  What more could I
    ask for?
    Sanity check:  List members give their full names and Lat/Lon to .1 nm.  A
    local phone book, and in most cases I can knock on their front door if I
    choose.  I trust you.  Does that make me foolish? 

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