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    Re: A sextant calibrator
    From: Alan S
    Date: 2011 Feb 14, 21:00 -0800

    Bill:

    Re your last paragraph, reproduced below for convenience, "Maybe for these reasons, the Mark IX series of bubble sextants is a favourite with many who still take an interest in the subject. It is easy to hold and use, and all the knobs seem to come naturally to hand (or rather, finger). Scale and watch illumination is achieved with a single lamp, unlike some others that used up to three separate ones, and no juggling is required to make a note of readings. By contrast the AN5851-1 seems to have been designed by a large committee of people with three thumbs (I hope this view will not lead to too many enraged responses from the USA)".

    I personally am unfamiliar with bubble sextants, (aircraft sextants), though I would have no doubt that some designs were more "user friendly" than others. Sad to note, I'm not really familiar with themarine sextant either, though I can use one.

    As to your reference to things being "designed by a large committee composed of people with three thumbs", I know what you mean, and I submit that some things must have been designed by groups of people who were ALL thumbs, and to make matters worse, never bothered to speak to each other.

    As to "enraged responses from the USA, our bark might be worse than our bite. Have a very nice voyage, sounds like it aught to be interesting.
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