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    Re: buying a Mark IX A bubble sextant
    From: Douglas Denny
    Date: 2010 May 17, 14:40 -0700

    "I just can't bring myself to put them in the trash......."

    I should think not. That would be sacrilege.

    Even the roughest looking item could be restored no doubt by someone willing to put the effort into it. You should see what Bill Morris has done to an early marine sextant which had been in sea water for a long time and looked like a basket case. I think there is reference to it somewhere here: it is an inspiration to see what can be done.

    It is a generous offer of you to give them away free to those who can collect. Well done - some more will therefore be resurrected into working sextants in due course no doubt.

    Douglas Denny.
    Chichester. England.


    Original post:-

    Permit me to chime in here. We (Celestaire) mentioned on this List 2 years ago, that we had a number of MK IXs that we were trying to find a home for. We sold them for $50 each, which was mainly for digging them out, and packing them up, and including an instruction manual and other advice for overhaul. They were sold "as is", and we sold about 30 of them to NavList members. All of the mirrors were in pretty good shape, and most bubbles were too. We are now down to mirrors that are blotched, and bubbles uncertain. The blotched mirrors are still usable, but if you restore the sextant otherwise, you would probably want to re-silver the mirrors then. They do not come with cases.

    Here's the deal. We will supply two of the remaining (about 50) sextants for the same $50. If you happen to be driving through Wichita, we will give them to you for FREE. This is not meant to be a commercial pitch to the List (which I would never do). I just can't bring myself to put them in the trash.

    Ken Gebhart
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