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I am looking for a used sextant in good shape, nothing fancy or expensive, just so it works. THANX Stan Flower
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Astra IIIB Sextants Trad Mirror (BRAND NEW) - eBay (item 300504693545 end time Dec-18-10 18:23:05 PST)
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Davis makes a couple of plastic ones used for instruction. Some use them offshore.
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I've owned an Astra for 15 years and have done a grand total of 3 sun lines. It's a good instrument, but for the use I've given it I would have been better off with a plastic one.

If you're just going to mess around with it, save the money and buy a Davis plastic model.
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What's your budget? As JackDale says, Davis makes some decent plastic ones. I bought one earlier this year from Landfall Navigation.
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I got an Astra IIIB off Craigslist for $100. I was really happy.
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The ebay Astra III is only $110 more than the Davis 25 plastic on Landfall.
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One point...the plastic ones tend to warp if you leave them out in the sun... the metal ones won't. This was a problem that Tania Aebi had IIRC, when she did her circumnavigation and it, the warped sextant, had a bit of a detrimental effect on her ability to learn celestial navigation.
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For slightly more than the price of a new Davis, you can find a used C-Plath. Better resale value too.
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Ten years is a long time to wait for a sextant....
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