A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2015 Aug 18, 23:05 -0700
Marty Lyons, you wrote:
"The owner claims he had it evaluated by an expert who claimed it was 'inaccurate'."
I can't recall the date and without that I can't find the email exchange, but this "expert evaluator" was probably me. I explained that the sextant he had was not an instrument for proper celestial navigation. The Yoder type has an odd pedigree. I suspect it was originally a training sextant. Later it was marketed as a coasting sextant (for measuring angles between lighthouses, buoys, etc.). But it's rather low quality, and, as I explained to the seller, he should price it like a plastic sextant. It sounds like he has tried that, and I respect that integrity. Myself? I wouldn't buy a Yoder sextant for $95... but $85? Maybe... It's close. This is a real sextant; just not all that accurate!