As­tra IIIb

Yachting Monthly - - BUYING A SEXTANT -

This alu­minium sex­tant has the full-size and fea­tures of the more ex­pen­sive sex­tants while re­tain­ing the price of lower-spec­i­fi­ca­tion mod­els, which gives it a very ap­peal­ing com­bi­na­tion of fea­tures and price.

It is made in China by Changzhou Ce­lestaire In­stru­ment Co and is avail­able ei­ther with split-view mir­ror or ‘Al­lview’ at the same price. For a small sum you can buy the other mir­ror and in­ter­change them. Many be­gin­ners pre­fer the ‘Al­lview’ but will grad­u­ate to the split view as pro­fi­ciency grows.

There’s a light on the arc for star sights. I have to say it looks like a lot of sex­tant for the money. It also comes in a solid wooden box.

The As­tra 3B sex­tant is full size, but much lighter – and cheaper – than the Zeiss Price £619.95 Weight 1,067g Arc ra­dius 153mm Tele­scope 3.5x (op­tional 7 x avail­able) Shades 3 hori­zon, 4 in­dex Con­tact Ce­lestaire Web www.ce­ Tel +1 (316)686 9785

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