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    Re: Soviet Sextants!
    From: Joel Jacobs
    Date: 2004 Jul 30, 11:38 -0400
    That shouldn't be too hard to fix.
    Because the tangent screw is housed in a cylinder it collects salt spray and dirt. First try rinsing it in water and then use some cleansing oil like "Blaster" or WD 40. By comparison, anyone who has used A Freiberger offshore from a small boat would have had a similar problem only worse. They are notorious for having frozen tangent screws. 
    Last year when I had a good supply of both brands, I had to work on the Freibergers and rarely on the SNO-T. Right now, I don't have any Russian or East German sextants so this is from memory.
    The SNO-T is a clone of the Freiberger so my guess is that it comes off the same way. On the backside of the Freiberger index arm, there are three small screws that hold the cylinder in place. Once removed from the index arm the screw can be easily cleaned without taking it out of its housing. 
    The SNO-T is substantially smaller and lighter than a Frieberger, and in my opinion, with the right scope, is better made, and a better buy. As I mentioned earlier, the Russian mirrors are superior to all but Tamaya.
    James, please keep me informed how you make out.
    Joel Jacobs
    ----- Original Message -----
    Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 10:02 AM
    Subject: RE: Re: Soviet Sextants!

    Hi Joel,

    I now have both scopes although the reversing scope is a little weird to use.   The damaged sextant is very stiff.  The index arm is difficult to move and almost impossible to use with the micrometer.   If repaired, I could at least sell the second sextant and recoup some of the money spent so far.   Any ideas are appreciated.




    From: Navigation Mailing List [mailto:NAVIGATION-L@LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM] On Behalf Of Joel Jacobs
    Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 9:29 AM
    Subject: Re: Soviet Sextants!





    We can provide a 3.5 x 40 telescope that is guaranteed to fit all Russian sextants. Also if you write me off group, and tell me what's wrong with the sextant, I may be able to help you.


    Joel Jacobs

    ----- Original Message -----

    Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 9:04 AM

    Subject: Re: Soviet Sextants!


    If the purchase is through Ebay, email other buyers and ask their opinion.   I have purchased two SNO-Ts.  The first one was missing the 4.5X scope.  The seller was listed as Florida but the package came from Bombay.  The second had both scopes but the sextant was damaged in transit.   Can anyone recommend a repair shop in Canada?




    From: Navigation Mailing List [mailto:NAVIGATION-L@LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM] On Behalf Of Mike Burkes
    Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2004 8:43 PM
    Subject: Soviet Sextants!


    Hi folks,

    Can anyone attest to the quality of these Soviet Sextants and legitimacy of seller? Looks like some good deals( or maybe not!) for folks who are in market for metal sextants. Maybe the saying " If it's too good to be true it probably is" may ring true! Your comments are appreciated and thanks much!

    Mike Burkes


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