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Does anyone out there have an Astra III? (not an Astra IIIb, which seem to get rave reviews). I'm looking at buying a used Astra III (10 yrs old, never used), but just wanted to find out if it's as good as the Astra IIIb version...

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Can't help with the III. I have a IIIb, and love it. If a IIIb is just marginally better than a III, and the III has been cared for, then it ought to be a good instrument for learning and as backup for cruising.
 

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No idea...but I'd recommend you get a copy of Bruce Bauer's The Sextant Handbook to read before you go looking at sextants. It's got a very good section on what to look at/check on a used sextant.
 
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