The Astra IIIB is an all-aluminium sextant, and when introduced quickly became popular wooden box, with an adjustment key, test certificate, and user manual. Download Astra iiib sextant manual: ?file=astra+ iiib+sextant+manual Astra III Professional Sextant. This sextant. The Astra IIIB is made by the Changzhou Celestaire Instrument Co. in China, with whom and has instructions for easy installation. We are impressed with the.

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A serial number is provided at the time of sextant purchase.

Even reading the sextant is easier under low light conditions by having white degree marks against a black background as opposed to scribe marks on a brass arc. An index mirror upgrade kit is available for older models having smaller, round, index mirrors.

Its light weight and excellent balance makes it a pleasure to hold and makes sights iiiib to take under dynamic weather and sea conditions.

Over 22, sextants of this model have been sold in the US alone in the past 25 years; far more than any other serious sextant. This means the sextant does not have to be held as steady for them. Sight accuracy is claimed to be about 2′. This sextant is to the same design as the popular IIIB, but the primary change is that it has a bronze arc fused to an aluminium frame, similar to the Tamaya sextants.

The sextant comes in a varnished wooden box, with an adjustment key, test certificate, and user manual. The sextants are assembled and tested in a clean, professional, environment.

Astra IIIB sextant

Even in nautical matters, some things change. It has zero magnification, like a sight scope, and as it is unlit it is not suited for use after twilight.


The sight scope is manjal. Beschrijving Metalen halfzicht Sextant in traditionele houten kist. It is made of blackplastic, and has a matt black interior to minimise refletions.

In use, you hold the sextant so that the horizon hairline on the right side of the scope lines up with the bubble on the left. It has long been used by many manufacturers for lightweight versions of their heavier brass or bronze sextants in order to reduce arm fatigue and unsteadiness among infrequent users.

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astda Sight Tube Whilst the magnification obtained through having a scope instead of a plain sight tube can make your sights more accurate, there are times when a plain sight tube is an advantage. Bargains manuall used instruments still exist. For example, each mirror and shade glass is tested for perfect flatness by the Fresnel diffraction pattern method. Also, and probably more importantly, many people find that the extra weight makes the sextant steadier when taking a sight.

It is also been reviewed as the best source available for how to use metal sextants. They offer good value for money metal sextants – not as good as Freiberger and other high end sextants, but considerably more accurate asstra plastic ones.

We recommend this instrument because it has more than adequate quality for the job and is at a reasonable price. When you install the artificial horizon, you calibrate it, and include this offset in your sight corrections. We recommend the traditional mirror as opposed to so-called “full view” models, mnual the deluxe version, which has the larger mirrors. The sextant is fairly light with its aluminium frame and plastic handle.

There are 4 shades for the index mirror, and manuap for the horizon mirror. One can always use the price of this new one as a reference for evaluating the price of such an opportunity. It is also of benefit when taking horizontal sextant angles, as you can identify the landmarks and the magnification is not needed. The sextant comes with the traditional, all-purpose “4×40” telescope. The ebook must be read from a Windows PC. Manula Rubber Eyecup for Scope. Its popularity has spread throughout the rest of the manuall as well, making it the the most recognized and supported sextant worldwide.


Never before has such a high quality, accurate metal sextant been available at such a low price. Astra sextants are manufactured in China as a brand name for Celestaire.

This shape allows more aspect of the mirror to be available for high angle sights. Construction Details The frame is made from lightweight aluminum alloy which resists corrosion.

This bubble horizon replaces the normal scope on the sextant, mxnual allows you to take a sight without being able to view the horizon. We are impressed with the degree to which each component of the sextant is tested. WinAstro Astro navigation on your PC. The Astra IIIB is an all-aluminium sextant, and when introduced quickly became popular due to its low price compared to other models then on the market.

We also carry a full line of Davis plastic sextants.

Its low price, excellent optics, and choice of horizon mirrors and other accessories makes it the perfect selection for beginners. Random units have been tested by us and several professional navigators, with results that rival the most expensive Amnual and Japanese models. It comes mounted in a rectangular frame and has instructions for easy installation.

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