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    Re: What is a good sextant to buy?
    From: Francis Upchurch
    Date: 2019 Sep 5, 19:59 +0100

    Some advice please.
    Those advocating second hand Russian, German and Japanese classics.  How do 
    you judge the quality from an eBay advert? Has it been dropped etc?
    Those who have bought one, please advise on return agreements and deals if 
    found to be not perfect after all.
    I am interested in a good classic English sextant such as a Kelvin Hughes. Not 
    really to use instead of my Astra which is more than adequate for me. More an 
    irrational  romantic collecting urge to have one! 
    There is little objective logic in owning  sextants, boats, old telescopes, 
    slide rules, old books, vintage 1950s British motorcycles and Exakta cameras, 
    but I do. Like collecting any form of art. More emotion than 
    sense.(occasionally I am sensible. My $100 Invicta watch looks and performs 
    like a Rolex Submariner ($6-12000). I can never afford or justify that. Even 
    if I lust after one. My dive skipper friend has one, but he never dives with 
    it. Far too precious!))
    A couple of cheap smart phones with GPS will do a much better job. But they won't feed your soul!
    Best wishes

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