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Sextant Question - Parts

Where in the world can I get the 2mm square key that is used to adjust the mirrors?
I just got a nice Tamaya, that is compete except for that key, and an index error...

Should be a penny item, but WHERE????

Many thanks!
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Re: Sextant Question - Parts

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Where in the world can I get the 2mm square key that is used to adjust the mirrors?
I just got a nice Tamaya, that is compete except for that key, and an index error...

Should be a penny item, but WHERE????

Many thanks!
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Re: Sextant Question - Parts

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Link to a site that sells Tamaya Sextants, but not tools?
I HAVE the sextant, need the key, and couldn't find any on that entire site.

Any leads for the key, anyone???

Thanks!!

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Link to a site that sells Tamaya Sextants, but not tools?
I HAVE the sextant, need the key, and couldn't find any on that entire site.

Any leads for the key, anyone???

Thanks!!
Call Amy or Ken at Celestaire. They sell the tools.
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Re: Sextant Question - Parts

There's no such thing as a penny item anymore. You can buy square brass tubing from hobby shops. Or buy a hex wrench that is bigger than the size you need, take a bastard file, and make it square on the end.

When a penny was really worth something--that's how we avoiding spending them. A bit of scrap stock, even a plain wire nail, and some time with a bastard file, grinder, or sandpaper.

Unless you'd rather pay the folks who keep them in inventory?

I don't know about Tamaya, but when I emailed the nice folks at C.Plath about some repair parts and spares they never even replied. They just AIRMAILED the parts to me, welcomed me as a new owner (secondhand owner) and even sent me a little brass nameplate to personalize the sextant with. Color me amazed, but meanwhile, you might email Tamaya while you're getting out the file.

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Re: Sextant Question - Parts

It is a female key.

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There's no such thing as a penny item anymore. You can buy square brass tubing from hobby shops. Or buy a hex wrench that is bigger than the size you need, take a bastard file, and make it square on the end.

When a penny was really worth something--that's how we avoiding spending them. A bit of scrap stock, even a plain wire nail, and some time with a bastard file, grinder, or sandpaper.

Unless you'd rather pay the folks who keep them in inventory?

I don't know about Tamaya, but when I emailed the nice folks at C.Plath about some repair parts and spares they never even replied. They just AIRMAILED the parts to me, welcomed me as a new owner (secondhand owner) and even sent me a little brass nameplate to personalize the sextant with. Color me amazed, but meanwhile, you might email Tamaya while you're getting out the file.
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Re: Sextant Question - Parts

Found a source, in case anyone else needs one:

Your local jeweler/watchmaker.
The female square keys are typical windup keys for old clocks, they come in many shapes and sizes.


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I just got a nice Tamaya, that is compete except for that key, and an index error...

Should be a penny item, but WHERE????

Many thanks!
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Re: Sextant Question - Parts

Oh, a female key. Then you might do very well with the hollow brass box tubing from a hobby shop (also sold online of course). I don't know the technical name for those keys but they are also used to wind pocketwatches, and readily available both cheap and ornate for that purpose. If the guys at Celestaire want $5 for one, that's probably as good as it will get unless you've got some fleamarkets around.

PS-They are NOT all the same size, so you need to check that carefully.
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