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    Re: Suitable Sextants
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2005 Oct 10, 17:55 EDT

    "What is the concensus of opinion on the most  suitable sextant for small
    boat work where starsights are needed as well   as sunshots?"
    
    An Astra would be an excellent choice. It all depends on  what you're doing
    though. Are you considering celestial navigation as an  emergency backup? If
    so, a plastic sextant will suffice and you can spend  whatever money you have
    left over on backup GPS units. Are you thinking of  taking up celestial
    navigation as a "hobby" or an "art"? In that case, you'll  probably be happier with a
    more expensive instrument or possibly an instrument  with some history to it.
    These days, you can start small and trade up later.  There is a very strong
    market in used sextants on ebay for example. The better  models of Davis plastic
    sextants, in good condition, rarely sell for less than  about $75. You could
    literally buy one online, use it for a few months, and  re-sell it without
    losing any money (depending on your auction skills, of  course). The risk is
    higher, but you can also do this with more expensive metal  sextants. Just be
    aware that something like 80% of the "sextants" for sale on  ebay are display
    items and reproductions. Some of these look really nice and  even the people
    selling them are sometimes unaware that they are not functional  instruments.
    
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
    
    
    

       
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