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    Re: Second hand sextant advice
    From: Bruce Cutting
    Date: 2018 Apr 7, 15:37 -0600

    I bought a 2nd hand sextant from India and was generally satisfied.  The
    optics has seperted which cost $60 to get repaired, but mechanically, the
    sextant and box was fine.
    The packing was not the best and the "legs" on the sextant were slightly
    bent - no obvious damage to the sextant, and it has given me good results.
    > Hi all,
    > I am a student studying a marine based navigation course at university.
    > Since having had practical use of a sextant on my sea phases and learning
    > about it in some depths throughout my studies I have been itching to get
    > my hands on one for personal use and as something that can last me for the
    > many years to come. I was hoping that I could hone in on someone’s wisdom
    > here and be advised accordingly as I find myself going in circles at the
    > minute.
    > Having practiced on the Astras I find no issues with them, even though
    > they are made in China they do themselves justice for the price. Without
    > the consideration of cost I have looked at Tamayas, Cassens and Plath,
    > [LINK:
    > https://www.force4.co.uk/force-4-freiberger-drum-sextant-split-view.html]
    > Freiberger and a variety of others. The cost for these (especially those
    > with a brass/bronze arc) is vastly more expensive in comparison to
    > sextants such as the Astras. Is this down to the fact that you are paying
    > for a prestigious name or because in fact that the ones manufactured in
    > Japan and Germany are just that much better? Unable to afford a brand new
    > Tamaya or C&P I had a look around for second hand ones which are more
    > within my price range. Is going for a second hand Tamaya or C+P better
    > than investing in a brand new Astra. It seems mad that people would
    > potentially pay a huge sum of money for a Chinese Astra when for the same
    > price you can purchase a second hand Tamaya or C&P with a brass arc and a
    > better scope for the same price. I was hoping that with the money I may
    > save on purchasing a second hand sextant that I could maybe invest the
    > remainder on sending it to a local shop in London that specialises in
    > refurbishing sextants. The large majority of these second hand German and
    > Japanese sextants seem to be coming from India, has anyone had experience
    > on importing a second hand sextant from India or is it something that
    > should be avoided? A large quantity of them seem to be going for a good
    > price however, some of the photos show that the manufacturing number on
    > the arc and the sextant certificate do not match up, should that be a sale
    > to walk away from? Is there anything that I should be meticulous in
    > checking specifically when looking at a second hand sextant or avoid it
    > completely?
    > Thank you in advance for considering the above and I really would
    > appreciate any feedback and comments.
    > I look forward to hearing from you.
    > Kind regards,
    > Ed.
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