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    Re: Purchasing a sextant
    From: Alan S
    Date: 2015 Oct 18, 16:04 -0700

    Chris:

    Re your querry, my 2 cents follows. By the way, I too am boatless, matter of fact, just about every time I've ridden in sail boats, I've gotten seasick. My sextant work is essentially limited to standing on the beach with my Astra 111B, a fine instrument so far as I can tell, and shooting such "celestial bodies" as happen by. The Astra 111B seems to be a quality instrument. Mine has the 3 or 4 x 40MM scope that was furnished with it, plus a 7 x 30MM monocular I purchased from Celestsire, who seem good people to deal with. By the way, I understand that the Merchant Marine Academy, aka Kings Point issues Astra 111B's to their students or maybe it provides them at a special student price. I do not think that the U.S.Merchant Marine Academy would provide it's students, future ships officers, with poor quality insruments. Best of luch with whichever nstrument you choose. By the way, the last time I looked, Tamaya and C & P sextants were TRIPLE the price of the Astra 111B. I can't say if the purchaser of one would get "three times the instrument", pehaps yes, perhaps no. I will leave that to others, people who know more than I about such things. Best of luck. By the wasy, while once upon a time, good sextants were made in the U.S., that's a thing of the past. Were any made in Canada?

    Alan

       
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