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    Re: The "big" sextant manufactures
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2007 Oct 29, 00:00 -0400

    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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