A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Robert Eno
Date: 2006 Mar 31, 09:01 -0500
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.
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,
> we will get to the whole mirror VS. the traditional mirror next.