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    From: Gordon Talge
    Date: 1998 Jan 14, 6:53 PM

    Since everyone seems to be talking about what sextant
    they have, not to be left out, I thought I would talk
    about mine.
    I have the "Freiberger Drum Sextant" with the traditional mirror
    a few years back. I forgot exactly what I paid for it, but it now
    listed in the Celestaire Cat. for about $ 950.
    I really haven't used it that much, being kind of landlocked most
    of the time. Given it to do all over again, I think I would go for
    the Astra IIIB for about $420 to $460 depending on the regular or
    deluxe version.
    My uncle has a boat down at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and has sailed
    down to Mexico across the Gulf using an Astra IIIB with no GPS at
    the time. Got there just fine.
    As for the plastic sextants. I have a Davis MK 3 and I've seen the
    MK 15 and MK 25. They are OK I guess, as they do work, but let's get real.
    Plastic sextants are just junk when stacked up to a traditional metal
    one. ( I am not saying this to put anyone that has one down, I used
    the MK 3 for about 15 years, couldn't afford anything else )
    -- Gordon
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             |  Gordon Talge WB6YKK            e-mail: gtalge@pe.net  |
             |  Department of Mathematics      QTH: Loma Linda, CA    |
             |  St. Joseph High School         Lat.  N  34� 03.1'     |
             |  Lakewood, California           Long. W 117� 15.2'     |
             |  http://www.stjosephs.pvt.k12.ca.us                    |
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