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    Re: Please help to identify a sextant
    From: Peter Monta
    Date: 2020 Mar 21, 16:25 -0700

    Seems to me that a theodolite would have been a better option. Any reason to use a sextant and the attendant paraphernalia in these circumstances?


    I would guess portability.  Theodolites would normally outperform sextants, but in 1910 they may have been too heavy and bulky to consider for a mission of this type.  The small Wild theodolites like the T2, with glass scales and optical micrometer, weren't around until the 1920s.

    Cheers,
    Peter

       
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