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    Re: The "big" sextant manufactures
    From: Henry Halboth
    Date: 2007 Oct 25, 16:12 -0700

    Hi All,
    I really do not think you can compare apples and
    oranges. Without some idea of the sextant model and
    vintage it would be most difficult to comment.
    I have used many makes and models of sextants,
    octants, and quintants, including many by Plath, My
    opinion is that no maker has a complete corner on the
    market across the board.
    --- Robert Eno  wrote:
    > John wrote:
    > > The Plath sextants have been a big disappointment
    > to me.  After
    > > hearing about them for almost 50 yrs, I looked
    > through one for the
    > > first time at the "Celestial Celebration Weekend"
    > at the Mystic
    > > Maritime Museum.  I was shocked -- I thought I was
    > looking through a
    > > darn toy.  The field of view was a mere fraction
    > of the Navy Mark II
    > > I'd been using for years; the shades obstructed
    > the FOV; there was
    > > annoying extraneous internal light; and the
    > horizon only showed on the
    > > left side!  I considered it a piece of junk.
    > Heretic!!!  Blasphemer!!! Anti-Christ!!!  Repent ye
    > blackest of sinners.
    > Repent 'else the gods shall bring down upon you, a
    > plague of locusts, boils
    > and pestilence!.
    > Ok. Now I got that off my chest.  If you think that
    > Plath is junk, then I
    > really want to get my hands on a Navy MK II. You
    > made some interesting
    > points worth pondering. I would be interested to
    > hear others' comments on
    > the Plath vs. the Navy MK II.  Also, do you have a
    > URL where I can see
    > exactly what it looks like?  There is a picture of
    > one in my 1966 Bowditch
    > which shows a long, thin scope. The photo in the '84
    > Bowditch depicts a Mk
    > III
    > cheers
    > Robert
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