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    Re: Old Sextant pictures
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Jul 22, 21:56 +0100

    Following up my earlier posting about Jeremy's sextant pics; I've now found 
    my way to those sextant/octant details, at the website www.greatsouthbay.com 
    . For others who might find the same problem I did, having got to the home 
    page, my route was-
    
    "enter the gallery decks" -->"bridge"--> "measuring devices" --> then choose 
    sextants, octants, or pentants.
    
    And there, I've found answers to some of my questions.
    
    About the German pentant (quintant) it doesn't claim an angular range to 
    175� (which I doubted) but to 150� "with an additional 10� at each end" 
    (which is more reasonable). And one picture shows a telescope mounted in the 
    screw housing, and seen that way, it really does point toward the horizon 
    mirror (as of course it should).
    
    I suspected that the wooden box containing the octant looked rather too new, 
    and indeed, it's described an a recently constructed box.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK. 
    
    
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