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    Re: Suitable Sextants
    From: Joel Jacobs
    Date: 2005 Oct 11, 10:20 +0000
    I am probably the only one who sells used sextants on a regular basis and who has used them at sea from a small platform. For the most part, I endorse what Jose' says with the following additions.
    1. The larger the size of the mirrors, the better.
    2. Sextants with enclosed tangent screws are prone to having them freeze unless they are cleaned after use when there is spray.
    Joel Jacobs
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    -------------- Original message from j_de_almeida <j_de_almeida@UOL.COM.BR>: --------------

    I sail a 32 ft sloop in the South Atlantic, and take my sights with either an Astra or a russian SNO-T. Both are in the cost-effective side of the metal sextant range, but perform flawlessly and give consistent results. Despite having cost me less, the russian is my prefered, with excellent construction and optics.
    Of course if cost is of no concern, you will be very happy with any of the Tamayas, Freibergers or C&Ps. But whatever your choice, my advice is to put your sights on a metal sextant, either new, or in "as new" condition.
    All the best,  Jos� Almeida,  S 13 00  W38 45.
    > What is the concensus of opinion on the most suitable sextant for small boat work where starsights are needed as well  as sunshots?
    > Astra/Freiberger/Davis platic/Russian ex-military and what model?
    >  Your advice would be much appreciated for a novice user.
    > Laurie Carmalt.
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