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    Re: Lutz "Sextant" on eBay.
    From: Bruce J. Pennino
    Date: 2013 Jan 18, 09:18 -0500
    It is a surveying device used to determine the approximate slope of land. Usually it consists of a simple low power telescope with an internal leveling  bubble. The slope is determined using the  external scale.  I recollect a common name is inclinometer. Foresters and loggers use them.  In the "olden" days it could be quickly used to determine rough road layout.
    If you look in a surveyors online catalog,  these "hand levels" are often found under "accessories".  Another name is Abney level.   Hand levels have their place in rough preliminary work. I've used one  for locating rail trails when I wanted to maintain a rough grade not to exceed 5%. After a rough layout to minimize cut/fill a more detailed surveyed  layout is done. It is the "poor man's" aerial survey where topo can be evaluated over a wide area.
    I've never seen such a nice hand level.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Sean C
    Sent: Friday, January 18, 2013 8:53 AM
    Subject: [NavList 21993] Lutz "Sextant" on eBay.

    Anybody here know what this really is? My guess is some kind of surveying instrument. A few Google searches didn't return anything useful. Current bid is only $51.99.


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