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Topic # 99377 18-Mar-2012 13:10
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Hi There!

I found this going through my departed Grandfathers things a year ago. I am trying to identify it. Looks like a Sextant? Would that be accurate? Anyone able to tell me anything else about it?

 http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/2453/20120318130010large.jpg

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  Reply # 596835 18-Mar-2012 17:49
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networkn: Hi There!

I found this going through my departed Grandfathers things a year ago. I am trying to identify it. Looks like a Sextant? Would that be accurate? Anyone able to tell me anything else about it?

 http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/2453/20120318130010large.jpg


I agree with you, its a sextant. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sextant 

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  Reply # 596880 18-Mar-2012 20:22
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Never thought I 'd say this, but on the TradeMe messageboard there is a Collector's Forum topic. The few times I have had a look in there the posters seem pretty knowledgable. They might be able to shed more light for you as well.




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  Reply # 597060 19-Mar-2012 12:03
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Sextant.
Measures angles is really all it does. I've used one, but can't remember how, something like bringing the images of the two points you're measuring to into alignment, then reading off the angle from the vernier scale.

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