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    Re: Sky & Telescope Magazine article on Capt. Cook's Astronomy
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2020 Jan 26, 12:56 -0800

    Roger Sinnot, you wrote:
    "What is wrong with the one shown in the magazine?"

    What's wrong with it? It's a fake. More generously, it's a "decorative reproduction". An unfortunate number of celestial navigation beginners have been burned by these decorative toys. You can see a "shiny" version on the website of the maker/distributor here: https://www.stanleylondon.com/ [...] .html (screen cap attached, with a few notations). I think the best analog of this company in the US would be the "Franklin Mint". Imagine if Sky & Telescope published a photo of "Newton's Telescope" and it turned out it was a dust-collector sold by the Franklin Mint. That would be bad.

    The image itself is taken from Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_sextant.JPG. See the other marked-up screen cap below.

    Frank Reed
    Clockwork Mapping / ReedNavigation.com
    Conanicut Island USA

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