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    Re: Octants in Winslow Homer's "8 Bells" Painting
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2015 Apr 11, 10:15 -0700
    Judging by the shadows, I guess it's it's around either 8am or 4pm?


    On Apr 11, 2015, at 8:56 AM, Ed Popko <NoReply_EdPopko@fer3.com> wrote:

    I'm nit picking the celestial navigation scene depicted in Winslow Homer's "8 Bells" painting - which is quite lovely.

    Given that it was completed in 1886, it seems to me that sextant designs had been out for quite some time. The use of Octants here suggests the ship owner or captain were chapskates or perhaps they never felt a need to do a lunar and need the larger 120 degree arc, extra filters, etc. offered by a sextant. For sure, an Octant will do it all if you are not into lunars or backsights.

    Too pickie?

    Ed Popko


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