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    Re: Value and Beauty are in the eye of the beholder
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2006 Mar 31, 09:01 -0500

    Hello Guy

    I can't comment on the Astra IIIB, not having ever used one, but I really like the look of the delux model with the bronze arc imbedded into an aluminium frame. Plus, Celestaire is a respected and reputable outfit. So you are well covered in that respect.

    In terms of used sextants, I would avoid e-bay unless the seller is a reputable dealer. I would be loathe to purchase a sextant from an individual - especially when he indicates that: "I don't know anything about this instrument except that it appears to be working fine" (a common caveat on e-bay where sextants are concerned) or something along those lines.

    If you are looking for a used sextant, try Robert E. White Instruments in Boston. I bought a used C.Plath from them about 10 years ago and have never regretted it. Ridge White, the proprietor, is a great guy, knowlegeable and easy to deal with. Plus they service and re-furbish all of their used sextants. As far as I know, they are one of the few, if not the only, used sextant dealer in the USA.

    I look forward to a discussion of split vs. whole horizon mirrors. A bit of sore spot with me at times!



    ----- Original Message -----

    From: Guy Schwartz <guyschwartz@SBCGLOBAL.NET>

    Date: Friday, March 31, 2006 2:17 am

    Subject: Value and Beauty are in the eye of the beholder

    > I have been pondering the purchase of a sextant and I think the 
    > ASTRA IIIB Sextant
    > seems to be a good value. However I have been tracking some used 
    > models that
    > have sold recently on E-bay. They have been selling for around 
    > $400.00. It seem that 
    > I might as well buy a new one. For the 20% differential I get to 
    > choose the type I want 
    > and they is no question about how the instrument has been handled 
    > or it's condition.
    > Am I missing something? I understand the laws of supply and 
    > demand. Having tried 
    > to purchase something on E-bay a while back and getting burned, 
    > I'm still gun shy.
    > Comments, thoughts. Are there other sources for used sextants I 
    > should be looking at?
    > Thank you,
    > Guy
    > we will get to the whole mirror VS. the traditional mirror next.
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