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    Re: The "big" sextant manufactures
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2007 Oct 25, 18:31 -0400

    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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