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    Re: What sextant to buy ?
    From: Bruce J. Pennino
    Date: 2019 Feb 6, 10:33 -0500
    Hello:  I bought a used Astra lll from a Navlist member . My Astra has the whole horizon mirror which made it easier for me to improve my skills. It also has the 7x35 scope which seems excellent to me, but I only know this scope. I’ve successfully used it at dusk on  medium bright stars and planets. Only once on an extremely clear night could I use it for Polaris...... must be my eyesight and local conditions where the horizon goes first! No need to spend more than for an Astra lll . Good luck.
    Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 9:01 PM
    Subject: [NavList] What sextant to buy ?

    Since joining NavList my skills have gone from trying to remember how to do a noon site to doing Sun,Moon,Stars and Planets with Moon shots within about 1 to 2 nm with a Davis MK 25 and artifical horizon. Thank You All!!!. I plan to retire soon and circumnavigate. I have always valued everybody here's input greatly. I have wanted the best quality sextant on a very limited budget (as do we all). I'm torn between a C Plath and other Plaths or the Astra III. I'm a little concerned about buying Plaths online from Russian Fedreation, India and so forth. Has anyone any experience with purchases overseas? I hear the Astra III 's are very good and about the most I could afford at this time. I love the idea,quality and look of traditional very much.......(I am old school by the way).  The Chinese if durable and accurate is a possibility.I also heard some Plaths have been counterfited. Is there a way to verify numbers and so forth. I would be grateful for any suggestions. Thank You

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