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    Re: Kelvin Hughes sounding sextant !
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2020 Mar 13, 14:36 -0700

    On 2020-03-09 9:02, Frank Atkins wrote:
    > I have just picked up a Kelvin Hughes sounding sextant. Ex Royal Australian 
    navy. Last active check was in 1981. It has no shades just the two mirrors as 
    This sounds like a sextant for hydrographic survey fixes via the
    measurement of angles between points on shore. The procedure is
    described in Bowditch and also in "Hydrographic Manual," Special
    Publication No. 143 of the US Coast & Geodetic Survey. The 1928 edition
    may be downloaded here:
    (A 1942 edition is listed too, but it's only one chapter of the
    "Position determination by sextant angles taken on board the sounding
    vessel is the most satisfactory and most commonly used method for
    coastal work. Two observers observe angles simultaneously, one between a
    right-hand object and a center object and the other between the center
    object and a left-hand object. The position of the vessel is then
    plotted by using a three-arm protractor to effect a graphic solution of
    the three-point problem.
    "Hydrographic sextants resemble those used for navigation but are of
    lighter construction and are read only to minutes. They can be used to
    measure angles up to about 140°. The telescope generally has a
    bell-shaped tube, so as to include as large a field as possible."
    Also of interest in that book is the special procedure for obtaining
    celestial fixes of the highest accuracy.

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