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    Re: SNO-T Sextant
    From: Joel Jacobs
    Date: 2004 Aug 11, 08:10 -0400
    I'm pleased to see how many of this esteemed and highly professional group use Russian sextants, particularly the SNO-T. I would have like to have known that when I had Russian sextants for sale.
    A couple of things to add to what Bruce has oferred.
    I refer to the SNO-T as a SNO-T to avoid confusing people who are not acquainted with the Cyrillic alphabet, and also because the little silver plaque on the sextant's case says SNO-T.
    Also, the high powered scope with the cross hairs is very useful when on soundings to take horizontal bearing angles, and vertical distance off angles. In those applications, the inverted image is not a serious handicap, but it still takes some getting use to.
    Joel Jacobs
    ----- Original Message -----
    Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 12:33 PM
    Subject: SNO-T Sextant

    LOOK MA! I'm using the inverting 'scope!

    I bought a SNO-T sextant because I wanted an inverting 'scope. Telescopes on the Russian sextant fit my Tamaya. But, after a bit of experience, I figured I might as well be trying to juggle riding a unicycle as learn to use that damned 'scope.

    Then, yesterday morning, it was convenient to quit what I was doing every half-hour or so and take a few quick shots with the inverting 'scope. Before the morning was over I'd gotten the hang of it. I was afraid that would mess up my reactions when using the regular scope, but found it hadn't.

    The SNO-T was quite sticky. Taking off the barrel that contains the worm screw would have required driving out a drift pin. So I followed Joel's suggestion, gave it a shot of WD 40, and ran the screw the length of the arc both ways. Good as new! Now I have a sextant that can measure up to 140 degrees.

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