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    Is Sextant an Optical Device?
    From: Dave Weilacher
    Date: 2002 Oct 4, 04:49 -0700

    The Sextant Handbook, 2nd Ed. by Bruce Bauer, page 54. Says that if the scope
    is bent or broken, take it off. "This works well and you probably will get
    sights just about as accurate if your eyesight is good"
    I'd argue that if a thing serves its purpose without optics, then it isn't an
    optical device.
    For example, binoculars without their optics serve no purpose at all.
    How about a ruler that has a magnefying bar along its length.  It meets all
    the same criteria for calling it an optical device that sextants do.  If your
    eyesight is good, it works just as well.
    I guess if this judge saw me toting a mannequin across state lines that
    appeared to be an under-age female, he'd lock me up for committing a felony
    because it sure looked like a crime to him.
    The sad truth is that we tend to promote a lot of people to powerful positions
    who are educated way beyond their intelligence.
    Dave Weilacher
    .US Coast Guard licensed captain
    .    #889968
    .ASA certified sailing and celestial
    .    navigation instructor #990800
    .IBM AS400 RPG contract programmer

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