W. J. Morris The Nautical Sextant

ISBN 13: 9780939837892

The Nautical Sextant

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9780939837892: The Nautical Sextant

The Nautical Sextant reveals in pictures, prose, and perspective the experience and knowledge gained by the author from years of acquiring, studying, and restoring sextants from earlier times and from around the world. This fascinating book owes much of its attraction to the expert description and photos of the mechanics of the sextants and their subassemblies. It is also the story of how different manufacturers, in different times and places, solved the same mechanical problems in different ways in order to perfect one of the most accurate mechanical devices ever produced by man. All of this is complemented by an historical overview to the current day, an overview which has never been published until now. The Nautical Sextant will be of particular value not only to navigators, but also to restorers, collectors, students of technology, curators, and sextant dealers. With its bibliography and extensive use of footnotes, this book will certainly become a classic in its field.

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About the Author:

Born in the UK and educated at Cambridge University, W.J. Morris has spent most of his working life practicing medicine in New Zealand. Since retiring, he has fully indulged his interest in sextants and other fine measuring instruments. Over the years he has written numerous articles for laymen on engineering workshop technology and has restored many aircraft and nautical sextants to working order.

Review:

Even landsmen who take an interest in scientific instruments and precision measurement will find this book of absorbing interest. There has never been anything quite like it before, and it will become the standard work for a long time to come. --George Huxtable, Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation

This comprehensive work is the definitive word on the nautical sextant. Its abundant photographs and diagrams dispel the intimidation that confronts navigators when faced with repairing, or even adjusting, their sextants. The details of sextants their makes and models, construction, repairs, and history are not only interesting in themselves, but may tempt many to venture into restoration and collection of these fine, enduring instruments. --John Karl, Author, Celestial Navigation in the GPS Age

Old sextants need not die. Using Bill Morris s book, any celestial navigation enthusiast who owns a distressed or weather-worn sextant one that isn t quite an antique and not yet junk can resurrect it with these amazingly detailed instructions. With this book, you can tear down and rebuild a sextant and bring it back to perfect working order. But even for those of us who would never imagine doing such surgery on an old sextant, this book is like a Grey s Anatomy of the components, construction, and inner workings of these instruments. And it s not just the intimate anatomy of one species of sextant The Nautical Sextant is a comparative anatomy of a whole zoology of sextants. I highly recommend it. --Frank Reed, Navigation Historian

This comprehensive work is the definitive word on the nautical sextant. Its abundant photographs and diagrams dispel the intimidation that confronts navigators when faced with repairing, or even adjusting, their sextants. The details of sextants their makes and models, construction, repairs, and history are not only interesting in themselves, but may tempt many to venture into restoration and collection of these fine, enduring instruments. --John Karl, Author, Celestial Navigation in the GPS Age

Old sextants need not die. Using Bill Morris s book, any celestial navigation enthusiast who owns a distressed or weather-worn sextant one that isn t quite an antique and not yet junk can resurrect it with these amazingly detailed instructions. With this book, you can tear down and rebuild a sextant and bring it back to perfect working order. But even for those of us who would never imagine doing such surgery on an old sextant, this book is like a Grey s Anatomy of the components, construction, and inner workings of these instruments. And it s not just the intimate anatomy of one species of sextant The Nautical Sextant is a comparative anatomy of a whole zoology of sextants. I highly recommend it. --Frank Reed, Navigation Historian

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