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    Re: Is Sextant a generic word?
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2016 Dec 9, 10:19 -0800

    Bruce Pennino, you wrote:
    "Once a person asked me if I was testing water quality (at the edge of Cape Cod Bay 20 ft above the waterline). Go figure or beat that! "

    Ya know, I can almost see that. I can imagine someone thinking that you've squirted some water into a reservoir on that "funny device" and now you're looking through it and adjusting that knob until "some things" line up indicating the salinity ...or something! Ha. :)

    Greg Rudzinski recently posted this image:

    and for a few minutes I contemplated converting that sextant into a DVD reader and scotch dispenser. The DVD would be mounted on a spindle on the main turning axis of the index arm. The degrees and minutes on the arc and micrometer would become minutes and seconds of time in the movie (or half the time for movies longer than 120 minutes). During play, the micrometer would advance at a rate of one turn per minute, and of course manually setting the index arm and the micrometer would allow you to call up an exact second within the movie. And you would look through the telescope to watch, or perhaps there would be a pico-projector attachment on the scope. Flexible plastic tubing would run from the bottle... whoa, whoa, whoa. At that point I realized my "inner nerd" was getting carried away. :)

    Frank Reed
    ReedNavigation.com (new classes and a full schedule for Spring!)
    Conanicut Island USA

       
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