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    Re: Metal versus plastic or better telescope?
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2012 Mar 27, 20:00 -0400

    Alan,
    You wrote:
    
    > By the way, is anyone other than the above mentioned making
    > sextants these days, or have they become, like the slide rule, things of
    > the past
    
    In summer 2005 I visited both Freiberger and Cassens Plath factories.
    Both were making sextants. I asked Freiberger people about sales, and they
    told me that sales are good. Approximately at the same time I called
    SNO factory by phone, and spoke with the director. He said that they
    were still making SNO-T, "for the Russian Navy", but I have some doubts in
    this.
    
    Many SNO-T are still available on e-Bay, including some never used ones
    (in factory wrapping). By the way, I agree with the opinion of Bill Morris
    that SNO-T is "probably the best sextant ever made". I tried seriously
    only 3 or 4 sextants in my life (including a C. Plath in good condition,
    and a 2 new Astras). But Bill M not only tried but also disassembled
    and repaired
    more than 30 of different makes. And he has testing equipment. So his
    opinion has heavy weight.
    
    Alex.
    
    
    
    
    

       
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