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    Re: The "big" sextant manufactures
    From: Greg R_
    Date: 2007 Oct 29, 09:34 -0700
    > GPS has pretty much rendered sextants obsolete.
    Some of us would probably (respectfully) disagree with that characterization, and re-word it to read "GPS has pretty much rendered sextants into a backup role".  Maybe not the primary means of navigation any more, but still important for that day when the odds break against you and the electronic wonders decide to pack it up for the day (or the duration).
    And if nothing else, I like to think that whenever Murphy finds someone who's well-prepared and has thought out the eventualities/possibilities he goes looking for another less-fortunate victim to torment...  ;-)
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Robert Eno" <enoid{at}northwestel.net>
    Sent: Sunday, October 28, 2007 9:00 PM
    Subject: [NavList 3685] Re: The "big" sextant manufactures

    > John wrote:
    > > So my heresy, blasphemy, and Anti-Christian thoughts are not against
    > > Plath craftsmanship, but against some easily-corrected design flaws,
    > > and use of Galilean scopes (both common to most all modern sextants).
    > > If ye thinkest this still maketh me the blackest of sinners, I confess
    > > and pray to the CN Gods to save me from the plague of incorrect 60'
    > > carry-overs to degrees; being off one column or row in sight reduction
    > > tables; pressing the wrong calculator button in the first decimal
    > > place; and bumping the sextant against the companionway when going for
    > > a beer,
    > Absolution can be yours for a reasonable price.
    > I guess I have never noticed the problems you described because I mostly use
    > a 6 x 30 prismatic scope. I don't much care for the 4 X 40.
    > I agree that there are easily corrected flaws associated with Plath and
    > other sextants. The sad part is, those flaws may never be remedied because
    > GPS has pretty much rendered sextants obsolete. With such a small and
    > possibly shrinking market, those firms still producing them, may not have
    > the resources nor the desire to make the perfect sextant.
    > On that note, perhaps I should start another thread with the heading: "If
    > you could design the perfect sextant".
    > Robert

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