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    Re: Sextant stands; was Lunar Distances: Graphic Methods
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2004 Apr 25, 10:49 -0400

    Kieran,
    
    I don't suppose you have this catalogue scanned in electronic format do you?
    As a long-time Plath adherent, I would love to have a gander at this
    catalogue.
    
    Robert
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Kieran Kelly" 
    To: 
    Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2004 4:38 AM
    Subject: Re: Sextant stands; was Lunar Distances: Graphic Methods
    
    
    > No they weren't custom made. Royal Navy hydrographers used them when
    taking
    > shore based lunar distance observations and you can find them occasionally
    > mentioned on exploration manifests.  They were manufactured by Troughton,
    > Cary and Dolland to name a few and usually came in a leather case as a kit
    > including stand, sextant and artificial horizon. I have a Plath catalogue
    > from the 1920's where they were still making and selling stands. There is
    an
    > excellent example in the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney. It however
    is
    > a surveying octant and a very large and heavy one. the stand was necessary
    > to support the weight of the very large instrument.
    >
    > Pictures of the stands are shown in Ifland's Taking the Stars, pages 126,
    > 127 and 136.
    >
    > I have been trying to buy a sextant stand for years to no avail so if any
    > old surveyor has one in the garage I would like to hear from you. In all
    the
    > time I have been collecting sextants I have never seen a stand offered on
    E
    > bay and that's saying something given the plethora of stuff that washes
    > through its sextant site.
    >
    > Kieran Kelly
    > Sydney
    >
    >
    
    
    

       
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