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The Sextant Handbook - Adjustment, Repair, Use & History
The Sextant Handbook - Adjustment Repair Use History Author:Bruce Bauer From the moment we start thinking about sailing offshore, we?re taught the sextant is a device that is not to be tampered with. This can be risky business for the ocean voyage, for celestial navigation can be only as precise as the instrument itself. Daily use, a bum, a jostle, temperature, humidity, even long period of non-use can throw the i... more »nstrument off. And if that most catastrophic of all events occurs and the sextant is dropped, most navigators will have a real problem. ?The Sextant Handbook, Adjustment, Repair, Use and History tackles all those problems and much more in a simple, easily understood manner.
Put in the simplest terms, ?The Sextant Handbook? is NOT a book on how to navigate, but rather a book on how to make a sextant ?user friendly.? It is designed to not only fill the gas about maintenance and repair left by the world?s great books of navigation, but to make the beginning and expert navigator alike completely familiar with the bits and pieces and workings of the instrument, as well as comfortable and competent at keeping the device working properly.
Most important, the book provides specific step-by-step instruction and information about: assembly and disassembly; vital adjustments; oiling and cleaning; immersion bath procedures; emergency silvering techniques; how to buy a used Sextant; where to find, how much to pay; discovering the dropped Sextant; five rules to avoid problems; reconditioning costs; making an emergency latitude hook; astigmatizers, Double Star Prism; rough weather sighting techniques; using the Rude Star Finder.
?The Sextant Handbook? is for the person just starting to think about learning the art of celestial navigation as well as the master navigator. Author Bruce Bauer reduces the complicated and technical nature of the sextant to language that is clear, concise and easily understood.
As Peter Milne, technical editor of England?s ?Yachting World? magazine says, ?Cmdr. Bauer writes in a friendly manner ? almost as if he is chatting to a group of students.? Ocean Navigator magazine writes, ?If this book is a highly detailed technical manual, the reader is hardly aware of it. It makes great reading and virtually everyone?regardless of one?s skill level with a sextant?will find new things to learn.?« less