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    Re: Star sparkle in sextant image
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2004 Sep 27, 17:08 -0400

    On Sep 27, 2004, at 10:54 AM, Ken Gebhart wrote:
    > Sorry guys, but I have to speak up in defense of the Astra scope after
    > Fred
    > having said it was awful.  We have always felt that the scope was the
    > better
    > part of the sextant.  A few years ago, some engineers at Eastman Kodak
    > tested several sextant scopes, and found the Astra to be the best.  A
    > fellow
    > named Bill Cook, who was then the head of the American Optical Society,
    > wrote a magazine article saying the same thing.  Lastly, the last two
    > hundred C. Plath Navistar Classic sextants sold before they became
    > extinct,
    > actually came with Astra scopes.
    > It's possible that the scope Fred looked through was damaged in some
    > way.
    > It's also possible that a manufacturing run had a flaw in it.  I would
    > certainly welcome any other expressions of quality from other List
    > members
    > (Joel?).
    > Ken Gebhart
    The sextant I looked at was an old, used Astra, so the scope may have
    been damaged or perhaps the earlier ones aren't as good as the later

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