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    Re: Suitable Sextants
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2005 Oct 10, 21:13 -0500

    I have a very limited experience,
    the only sextant I ever owned is SNO-T.
    I tried many others though
    (Cassens-Plath, Astra and Hughes from my balcony,
    several other Hughes, Cassens and Plath's and SNO's
    from a shop, Cassens-Plath and Freiberger from their
    plants, many SNO-M's and plastic sextants).
    My conclusion is that SNO-T is by far the best of all I tried
    DISREGARDING the cost. Hughes comes second.
    The ONLY sextant of those I ever tried, and which
    I would probably prefer to my SNO-T was
    a WW II C. Plath which I tried from an antuque shop
    in Kiel, one owner (since WWII) mint condition,
    IC=0 (still!) 4 scopes... but the cost was $2400.
    I DO believe that they made better sextants in the old times,
    when sextants were not a "substitute" but a primary tool
    in navigation.
    On Mon, 10 Oct 2005, Robert Eno wrote:
    > If cost is a factor, consider purchasing a used metal sextant.
    > In early 1990, I purchased a second-hand C.Plath from Robert E. White 
    Instruments of Boston. I freely admit that my motivation was part snob-appeal 
    but I really wanted to own a classic C.Plath (knowing that their days were 
    numbered). I have never regretted the purchase. It quickly became my number 1 
    > If you can buy a second-hand metal sextant from a reputable dealer, you should jump in with both feet.
    > Robert
    >   ----- Original Message -----
    >   From: j_de_almeida
    >   Sent: Monday, October 10, 2005 4:49 PM
    >   Subject: Re: Suitable Sextants
    >   I sail a 32 ft sloop in the South Atlantic, and take my sights with either 
    an Astra or a russian SNO-T. Both are in the cost-effective side of the metal 
    sextant range, but perform flawlessly and give consistent results. Despite 
    having cost me less, the russian is my prefered, with excellent construction 
    and optics.
    >   Of course if cost is of no concern, you will be very happy with any of the 
    Tamayas, Freibergers or C&Ps. But whatever your choice, my advice is to put 
    your sights on a metal sextant, either new, or in "as new" condition.
    >   All the best,  Jos? Almeida,  S 13 00  W38 45.
    >   > What is the concensus of opinion on the most suitable sextant for small 
    boat work where starsights are needed as well  as sunshots?
    >   > Astra/Freiberger/Davis platic/Russian ex-military and what model?
    >   >  Your advice would be much appreciated for a novice user.
    >   > Laurie Carmalt.

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