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nadezhda
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9/13/2015
nadezhda
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John. I used a plastic sextant for a while and got exceptional results from it. It also had the benefit of being lightweight so I could spend more time with it to my eye. I eventually decided to go posh and get a Cassens Und Plath which has wonderful craftsmanship but I don 't think it is any more accurate because I haven 't got any better at keeping a steady hand on a rocking boat.

If you need to use your sextant upside down then remember to stand on your head whilst doing so ;-)
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Daria Blackwell
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9/7/2015
Daria Blackwell
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John, I have heard that left-handed sextants are exceedingly rare. I have also heard that left-handers use sextants upside down but I can 't vouch for that. There is a very good blog about sextants here. http://sextantbook.com/category/unusual-left-handed-sextant/

Conincidentally, I noticed that the editor of our newsletter, Colin Jarman, has his Frieberger for sale on p16 of the current issue just mailed.

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jgbailey
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9/7/2015
jgbailey
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Daria, thanks for the reply. I lived and worked in India so am aware of its potential.

Not sure if you can answer this. Do all sextants have a Collimation Certificate? If buying second hand how do you check it out in terms of accuracy? I am left handed, can you buy a left handed version?
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Daria Blackwell
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9/6/2015
Daria Blackwell
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John, beware of buying sextants on eBay and amazon. Many are replicas made in India intended for decoration in personal libraries that have now entered the market as the real deal. The most reliable dealer for sextants is Celestaire.

The Astra IIIB and the Tamaya are top notch. We have one of each. Bought one from Celestaire the other via eBay. We 've used them to take noon sites but now they are pretty much gathering dust. Nevertheless, we still take them with us when crossing oceans just in case (having been struck by lightning on a previous boat we know what can happen to electronics). We also have Mary Blewitt 's book, a pocket computer that has a perpetual almanac in it, and Star Finder 2102-D, which are very useful accessories. Good luck.

Why not post a note in the eBulletin and in the for sale section of the forum to see if any member would want to part with theirs? Where are you located?

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Daria Blackwell - Rear Commodore, PR Officer, Editor OCC Digital Comms & Port Officer, West of Ireland s/v Aleria http://www.coastalboating.net
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jgbailey
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9/4/2015
jgbailey
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I am considering buying a sextant but not sure at this stage whether it would be second hand or new. Having looked at a few brochures and on ebay the variation in specification seems bewildering.

Advice on the specification for a new sextant and what to look out for when buying second hand one in terms of condition would be welcome.

John B
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