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    Re: Toizaki Sextant
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Nov 18, 18:00 -0800

    Toizaki was a Japanese manufacturer apparently operating in the 1970s. There 
    were quite a few Japanese companies which produced sextants from Tamaya 
    designs and parts in this period. I think of their sextants as 
    "Tamaya-alikes". Just guessing --this *may* have been yet another of those. 
    Did Tamaya manufacture a smaller sextant at that time? In my personal 
    experience, sextants from these various Tamaya-alike companies are excellent 
    but often imperfect in some way. For example, I used to have a sextant by 
    "MAC" which was clearly Tamaya-derived and excellent in most respects, but it 
    had one shade which was useless, too dark even for the brightest Sun and bad 
    glass, too. This didn't detract from the usefulness of the instrument really, 
    but it made me wonder whether there might be something else "wrong" with it 
    when I first got it.
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