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    Re: Replacement horizon mirror for a Kelvin Hughes sextant.
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2019 Sep 27, 16:34 -0400
    An aluminum-framed sextant, such as I believe the Astra might be, would be substantially lighter than the bronze-framed Husun.

    Yes, a Husun Mate is the same as a KH Mate except for the paint. And perhaps the brass on the telescope)?  Kelvin bought Henry Hughes and Son after WWII.

    Fred Hebard

    On Sep 27, 2019, at 16:16, Francis Upchurch <NoReply_Upchurch@fer3.com> wrote:

    Thanks Fred,
    Is the Husan the same as the Kelvin Hughes? Therefore is your black version identical to my grey version except for paint colour?
    I find it a bit heavy compared to my Astra B, but not used to it yet and I have severe rheumatoid arthritis of the hands which does not help. Do you know what is the metal construction under the paint?
    Best wishes
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    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of Fred Hebard
    Sent: 27 September 2019 18:32
    To: francisupchurch---.com
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Replacement horizon mirror for a Kelvin Hughes sextant.
    I prefer my Husun Mate to a C+P.  The C+P is more accurate, especially with a 6x telescope, but the Mate is more compact and has a nice heft; I can use it longer without tiring.  The Mate's light is handier for recording sights.  The black ones also are a thing of beauty.
    Fred Hebard
    > On Sep 26, 2019, at 12:16, Francis Upchurch  wrote:
    > Hi David,
    > Grey crinkle finish. I think the original price was about £340 ?(collectors item rather than navigation tool). I got it for £240 since it needs some repairs and should then be OK for navigation I hope.
    > Best wishes
    > Francis
    > On Wed, 25 Sep 2019 at 23:00, David Pike > wrote:
    > Francis
    > Is your KH Mates Mk 2 a black or grey crinkle finish model?  I ask because I was wondering how much they go for these days.  I know a chap locally who's looking for a metal sextant, and I know a chap, also locally, who had a late model Hughes to sell.  Last time I almost arranged a sale for him a number of years ago we were taking about £200 GBP, but I suspect that their price must have dropped in recent years, because of the availability of more modern larger mirror sextants from ship breakers in the Far East.  Incidentally, when I received my own 1940s Hughs Mates Three Circle off ebay, there was a bill inside from the 1950s for a replacement mirror from a chandlers in South Wales for nine pounds  ten shillings.  This is a guess, because my sextant is in TIKI at the moment, but next time I visit I'll take a photo. I took it plus a MkIX and a MkIXBM, because a chap from Humber Yawl Club actually asked me to show him how to use one.  We got quite a good Mer Pass with all three.  DaveP
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