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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Either, or neither?

    Quote Originally Posted by t21 View Post
    Hm, but sextant delivery has gotta be restricted to horse-drawn transport, obviously.
    Llangollen sounds about right, then.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Either, or neither?

    Keep the one with the lanyard on it?

    Oh! The lanyard is on the 5-00 electronic watch thing.

    Note to Zoid - get a lanyard on the sextant and put same round neck before removing sextant from box whichever one you keep? Saves an embarrassing and expensive drop...

    PS I prefer the Astra - but both are lovely instruments.
    Semper aliud

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Either, or neither?

    Quote Originally Posted by john_morris_uk View Post
    Keep the one with the lanyard on it?

    Oh! The lanyard is on the 5-00 electronic watch thing.

    Note to Zoid - get a lanyard on the sextant and put same round neck before removing sextant from box whichever one you keep? Saves an embarrassing and expensive drop...

    PS I prefer the Astra - but both are lovely instruments.
    I thought there was one on both: the RAF (Yacht Club?) neck band on the Astra.

    What's that scope on the Astra though? That doesn't look normal.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Either, or neither?

    Astras come in two main flavours with some mechanical/mirror variants*. Perhaps the scope is a Professional series one, Royalty, presentation by, for the use of.

    * Frinstance, mine has an artificial horizon attachment.
    I think, therefore I am. I am, therefore I sail.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Either, or neither?

    Quote Originally Posted by BelleSerene View Post
    I thought there was one on both: the RAF (Yacht Club?) neck band on the Astra.

    What's that scope on the Astra though? That doesn't look normal.
    You might be right. I'm used to seeing the lanyard on the top of the instrument so that you can put it round your neck before getting the sextant out of the box...

    Or perhaps my brain automatically filtered out the RAF image...

    There isn't a lanyard on the Freiburg one tho'.
    Semper aliud

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Either, or neither?

    Quote Originally Posted by john_morris_uk View Post
    You might be right. I'm used to seeing the lanyard on the top of the instrument so that you can put it round your neck before getting the sextant out of the box...

    Or perhaps my brain automatically filtered out the RAF image...

    There isn't a lanyard on the Freiburg one tho'.
    Aye, laddie.

    It's a Right-Handed instrument, with the 'Bruce Buyer'-recommended safety neckband thingy, which is secured around the handle so avoiding getting in the way of operating the micrometer and obscuring the 'reading'. The black cord came already attached to the split timer....

    As an aside, it is helpful to secure the timer to the handle so that the index finger can 'capture' the moment of best horizon-kiss. Strangely, Left-Handed Sextants are quite rare, which is a pity, as most of the delicate operations - besides holding the thing - require the right hand/fingers.

    As for the Freiburg, as mentioned it was purchased by F-in-L for an 'escape' he never made. He escaped this vale of tears in a box, just 4 months ago. I'll cadge a lanyard for his sextant when next one passes my way.

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