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    Re: Nautical Sextant book
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2010 Oct 23, 21:11 -0700

    Gary, thanks for mentioning "The Nautical Sextant" by Bill Morris. Ken sent me a copy of this back in August, and I have been meaning to post another short review. It's significantly improved over the first edition which was only available as an electronic book.

    The published book looks great. They did a fantastic job printing it, and even the dust jacket is stylish. This is a book you should all have on your bookshelf. No kidding. I'm not getting paid for this (yet again!).

    I note one amusing fact: the author, Bill Morris, is, of course, a member of NavList. The (co-)publisher, Ken Gebhart, is a member of NavList. And the three review blurbs on the back of the book are from NavList members, George Huxtable, John Karl, and myself.

    I'll quote my review blurb:
    "Old sextants need not die. Using Bill Morris's book, any celestial navigation enthusiast who owns a distressed or weather-worn sextant --one that isn't quite an antique and not yet junk-- can resurrect it with these amazingly detailed instructions. With this book, you can tear down and rebuild a sextant and bring it back to perfect working order. But even for those of us who would never imagine doing such surgery on an old sextant, this book is like a 'Grey's Anatomy' of the components, construction, and inner workings of these instruments. And it's not just the intimate anatomy of one species of sextant-- 'The Nautical Sextant' is a comparative anatomy of a whole zoology of sextants. I highly recommend it."

    No really. I do. :-)


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