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    Re: Suitable Sextants
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2005 Oct 10, 19:50 -0400
    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 sextant.
     
    If you can buy a second-hand metal sextant from a reputable dealer, you should jump in with both feet. 
     
    Robert
    ----- Original Message -----
    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,  José 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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