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    Re: Yoder Sextant
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2009 Jun 15, 20:09 -0400

    Thank you, Ken -
    
    The look of the sextant was what attracted my eye, I rather hoped it
    might be a step up from the vernier Davis. I sent several questions to
    the seller which were answered promptly and in a forthright manner. In
    essence, the seller didn't know much.
    
    I looked on the Internet but could find nothing about Yoder
    Instruments, E. Palestine, OH.
    
    From studying the photos I had a sense that it's underlying machining
    was probably a bit rough. I particularly wondered about the
    thumb-screw lock; suspected it might chew up the bottom of the arc. No
    photo showed the underside of the arc, but it did look like there was
    abrasion along the lower edge of the arc.
    
    The fact that the vernier was marked in degrees, not minutes made me
    suspect that the person who made it was not knowledgeable about
    sextants. Ergo, my judgement was it wasn't a workaday sextant.
    
    Net of everything, I decided it wasn't worth the asking price. The
    sextant was not open for bids, just "Buy it Now for $145."
    
    What you've said, confirms my sense of it, so....
    
    Thanks again.  Hewitt
    
    On 6/15/09, Ken Gebhart  wrote:
    >
    >  Hewitt,
    >
    >  I have a Yoder sextant, but can't seem to find it right now.  It was
    >  made to be a classroom sextant for instruction purposes only.  It was
    >  made of metal, and not bad looking, but I never tested it for
    >  accuracy.  I rather think it would not be very accurate.  It was also
    >  inexpensive.  I bought this new between 20 and 30 years ago.
    >
    >  Ken Gebhart
    >
    > On Jun 11, 2009, at 12:11 PM, Hewitt Schlereth wrote:
    >
    >  > Has anyone heard of a Yoder Sextant? There is one on eBay right now.
    >  > It's a lovely looking piece of work. Perhaps a copy of a vernier
    >  > sextant of a previous age?
    >  >
    >  > A puzzling feature is the markings on the vernier (see attachments)
    >  > which has �s where I would expect 's. As I read it, the vernier is
    >  > accurately showing a reading of 13�30'.
    >  >
    >  > This might be an appealing  alternative to a plastic sextant.
    >  >
    >  > -Hewitt
    >  >
    >  > >
    >
    > > 
    >
    >
    >  >
    >
    
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