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    Re: Metal versus plastic or better telescope?
    From: Alan S
    Date: 2012 Mar 27, 10:49 -0700

    Randall:

    Enjoy the Astra. You likely bought yourself a very nice gift, aassuming that the 111B hasn't been abused.

    Strangely, I too have an Astra and a Davis Mk. 15, with which, at times, I have gotten good sights, and fixes shooting from the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

    While the Davis sextant will work, it's a useable instrument, mechanically, re materials of construction, it leaves something to be desired. Its' optics do not compare with the standard telescope furnished with the Astra, a 3.5 power x 40mm telescope.

    Of course, there is a significant price difference, one getting what they pay for. If it is possible for you to get to the sea coast, I believe that you will notice significant differences between results obtained with the two instruments.

    Enjoy.

    Alan

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