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    Re: Sextant vs. Camera Sea Trial
    From: Alan S
    Date: 2012 Jun 12, 14:54 -0700

    Greg:

    Re a lower power scope for sextant, I believe the old U.S. Navy Mark 2 sextants used a 2 power 20mm optic. I also assume that these days, such scopes would be rare rirds indeed, not to mention expensive too. Not surprised that better results were obtained with lower power scopes, especially from a small boat. For myself, I generally shoot from the beach, not having a boat, and besides that, when I get out on Lake Erie once a year, during the local U.S. Power Squadron's Sail Day, I tend to get sea-sick, even with a slight "sea" running. Also, looking to the south, towards the land, not being very far off shore, the horizon isn't especially good.

    As to digital cameras, I know next to nothing about them, though some photos taken with such cameras look quite good to my untrained eye. As to the "counting of pixels" via a computer that you mentioned, I hesitate to inquire as to how one would do that, not being blessed the "iron stomach" you mention.

    As to your last, it seems that boaters might be described as "odder" than trap shooters and rifle shooters, the foregoing being fairly odd types. I speak from personal experience here. As to the timing of a steak broil with a marine chronometer, though it might sound outlandish, the broiling of New York Strips being worthy of exact timing, why not, assuming that oe just happens to have a chronometer handy.

    Alan
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