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    Re: sextant telescopes
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2002 Oct 4, 11:57 -0700

    On Friday, October 4, 2002, at 10:15 AM, Hal Mueller wrote:
    
    > My Astra IIIB came with a 3.5x40 telescope.  what are
    > people actually using?
    >
    > It appears that the 6x30 would potentially give better accuracy for
    > lunar distance sights.  But I've never tried to reduce a lunar
    > distance, let alone shoot one.
    
    If you are on land, or perhaps at anchor in calm waters, 6 or 7 power
    scopes can definitely improve your measurements.  My backyard studies
    show that I am more accurate with my Tamaya Jupiter and its 7 power
    scope than I am with some of my other sextants that have 3.5 or 4 power
    scopes.
    
    Move to the average 35-45' vessel on a typical day, and these higher
    power scopes are quite hard to use.  4 power is about right for such
    applications in my experience.
    
    Dan Allen
    
    
    

       
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