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    Re: Chasing Shackleton
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2014 Jan 16, 23:04 -0500

    Hi Stan

    The sextant came with the binoculars as standard equipment.  The binoculars have one adjustment for focus, which affects both eyes simultaneously.  There is a ring on the eyepiece closest to the frame, which capture the binoculars on the rising telescope piece.  That ring doubles as the eyepiece. There's a place in the box to stow the binoculars, which is obviously factory issue.  There is no adjustment for intraocular distance.

    I don't understand how you rock the sextant when using these!

    The date on the inspection certificate reads 1921, placing it at the right time.  Furthermore, the James Caird tours with a boxed sextant.  In pictures of that sextant, you can see the binoculars!  There is also a missing telescope in the sextant that tours with the Caird, you can see the custom stow location in the box.  I have that stow feature and the telescope that goes with it.  Now clearly I don't have Worsley's sextant.  What I have is the exact make & model of the same. 

    It occurs to me that Heath provided the sextant to the expedition for advertising / endorsement purposes.   Its a top of the line model, with every feature known to man as standard! Its clear that Worsley agreed, as this is the one (of several available) he chose to use for the most demanding journey of his life.

    The all zeros is consistent with it being a top of the line instrument.  Probably cherry picked out of the normal run of sextants.

    One of the shades is a star astigmatiser.  It draws the star into a line perpendicular to the frame.  Again, standard.


    On Jan 16, 2014 10:32 PM, "Stan K" <slk1000@aol.com> wrote:


    That binocular is completely new to me.  Is it custom to the sextant?  Does it have an interocular distance adjustment?  Is one eyepiece missing?  Were the two haves independent of each other like a pair of Navy night glasses, or did one side have an adjustment plus a control that adjusts both sides together, like more common binoculars?

    I can't read the label in the photo, but the clamping mechanism and the shape of the label say Heath Hezzanith.  The diffuser looks pretty much the same, but the magnifier swingarm is different.  The biggest difference is the frame - mine is of the three-ring type.  Any idea of its age?  Bill Morris helped me date mine as a 1905 unit.

    All zeros - pretty impressive.  Mine was recertified in 1940, with three zeros (15º, 105º, and 120º), four -0.2' (30º, 45º, 60º. and 90º), and one -0.4' (75º).


    -----Original Message-----
    From: Brad Morris <Bradley.R.Morris---.com>
    To: slk1000 <slk1000---.com>
    Sent: Thu, Jan 16, 2014 8:28 pm
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Chasing Shackleton

    Hi Stan
    Here's a view of it, on the sextant
    The inspection certificate lists 0 minutes 0 seconds for arc error, every 15 degrees of arc.
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