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    Re: Sextant scopes
    From: Ken Gebhart
    Date: 2008 Jul 4, 17:15 -0500

    Almost correct.  Tamaya still makes theirs, a 4x40 scope.  Freiberger
    makes theirs, a 4x40 also, but the rising piece (fork) has reversed
    topography so that it is not interchangeable with other sextants.
    The Celestaire 3.5x40 scope used on Astra, Cassens & Plath and the
    final 3 years production of C.Plath sextants is a very good scope.
    For the higher power scopes, Cassens & Plath may still have a few
    6x30 scopes left of mediocre quality.  Freiberger may still offer a
    Russian made 8x30 from the old days, but again they will not fit on
    other sextants. Tamaya made a nice 7x35 until recently, but they were
    very expensive..about $450.  They apparently ran out, and are now
    supplying a 7x35 at the same price, but of horrible quality.  It's
    basically unusable.  Because there are few, if any, suitable high
    power scopes now available, Celestaire is making a 7x35 exact clone
    of the earlier Tamaya scope (which Frank mentioned) which will retail
    for less than $200.  The first run is in production now, and should
    be available in 2 months.
    Ken Gebhart
    On Jul 4, 2008, at 3:55 AM, Froggy wrote:
    > Hello,
    > All the sextants (Astra, Cassens & Plath, Freiberger, Tamaya) today
    > seem to use exactly the same scopes. All these scopes seem to come
    > from only one manufacturer : Changzhou Celestaire Co. in China. Am I
    > wrong ?
    > What do you think about the quality of these scopes ?
    > Do you know other manufacturers for sextant scopes today ?
    > Thank you
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