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    Re: What is a good sextant to buy?
    From: Francis Upchurch
    Date: 2019 Sep 3, 07:31 +0100

    I have used a Astra 3B for over 15 years.
    I've done hundreds of sun sights, star sights, lunars at sea and on land.
    I find it accurate, well built and better than me.(i.e. inaccurate results are 
    usually my fault, not the sextant.)
    I have compared it with my fiends top of the line Freiberger which cost three times as much.
    Neither of us could tell the difference in performance and accuracy.
    A top line German sextant maybe more cool as an object d'art, if you have the 
    money. I'm happy with my Astra. Don't know anything about Japanese sextants. 
    I hear they a good but expensive. I would rather have a brand new Astra any 
    day than a second hand German or Japanese classic.
    Good shooting.
    Francis 
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of Alan S
    Sent: 03 September 2019 02:46
    To: francisupchurch---.com
    Subject: [NavList] Re: What is a good sextant to buy?
    
    Re your question, my opinion is as follows. Astra 3B. In all honesty, I'm a 
    backyard navigator, that in quotes. I have used one of the above mentioned, 
    standing on the beach in North Carolina taking sun shots, also sun and moon 
    shots when both are visible during the day.  Planet and moon shots at night 
    too. My calculated positions are usually within a couple miles of GPS 
    coordinates. Using an artificial horizon at home, my calculated positions are 
    usually closer than that. By the way, I understand that the New York Merchant 
    Marine Academy used Astra sextants. Price thereof might be a factor  but my 
    understanding is that the Astra 3B is a quality instrument. In conclusion, 
    there is a lot of junk originating in China. There are also quality items. 
    Good shooting.
    
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