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RARE FREIBERGER 7/8 SCALE YACHTSMAN SEXTANT

GUARANTEED 5 PLUS STARS

This model Freiberger is the best of all the smaller size sextants. It is in outstanding condition and perfect for the experienced navigator, beginner, or where storage space is limited.

 
Pesented is Freiberger smaller scale Yachtsman sextant, Serial No.135 256, with matching certificate dated 7.12.84. Once again we offer a sextant in “Like New“ condition without even a minor fault. There are no visible marks that it was ever used, and we rank it with 5 Plus Stars. Back in the 1970's my company, Nautech Maritime Corp., introduced the Tamaya MS 933 Venus to the American Market along with the entire Tamaya product line so we know quite a bit about these smaller size sextants. The Venus was well received, and is still seen today. However, it's mirrors were smaller than the full size mirrors fitted to this sextant and its telescope does not compare favorably, nor does its inexpensively made case. It did have illumination which the Freiberger doesn't.

The design specifications on the Yachtsman are: a smaller Instrument specifically designed for the Yachtsman where space, weight and size are at a premium. Its features include: The comfortable, well balanced, light metal alloy frame fitted with a large horizon and index mirror that are tested for optical flatness and parallelism. The front focusing 2.4 x 25 mm telescope is ideal as the rubber eyepiece does not turn against the rim of the navigators eye during adjustment. Graded filters, 3 for the index and 2 for the horizon are more than adequate.
 
In this example, both its index and horizon mirror are front silvered, and are unblemished and everything else is in “like new“ condition making it an outstanding example of a Freiberger. The matching inspection certificate reports errors of under 24 arc seconds over most of its usable range. Adjustable index error is 1.5 minutes "off the arc", with virtually no side error.
 
The thing to remember about any smaller size sextant is that it will not perform exactly like its larger counterparts. You cannot increase or decrease the size of things without mathematical changes taking place. Ref. Laws of similitude http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Similitude_(model)


We consider The Freiberger Yachtsman the “Best of Breed“ in this size sextant.
Even though you may find dealers offering new sextants from this maker in Europe, we believe they ceased operations in 2007 which was when their website was last updated.


PROVENANCE:
Purchased directly from a non-user. Nothing else is known.

By comparison to other smaller sextants, the mirrors are massive

CONDITION: Overall condition is "as new". Adjustable index error, 1.5 min "off the arc" with very little side error. Index arm clamps open and close freely. Index arm moves smoothly, micrometer drum knurled knob turns freely. Like many sextants, the vernier reads to one arc minute, but may be estimated visually in tenths. Both scopes' ocular adjustment turn freely. Mirrors are perpendicular to frame. Both mirrors are in like new condition. The case has a tiny scratch on the top which is hardly noticeable. Two keys and the mirror adjustment wrench are included.
THIS SEXTANT RANKS 5 PLUS STARS!

Perfect Horizon Mirror
Unblemished Index Mirror

Sextant's case
Micrometer drum and vernier
Sextant vied from the bottom
Yachtsman sextant' manual

QUALIFICATIONS: We are one of the few company's still selling navigation instruments that know anything about them. For purposes of judging whether Joel's opinion counts, he was the editor of the chapter on sextants in the 1977 Edition of "Bowditch", The American Practical Navigator, NAVPUB 9; a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Navigation Symposium, 1975 -1978; the author of a book on marine sextants, Cornell Maritime Press,1975, and the founding president of Nautech Maritime Corporation which partnered with Tamaya of Japan in the introduction of the MS 733 Spica, the MS 833, Jupiter, MS 933 Venus sextants and the NC-2 navigation computer, in the U.S. market. Joel is a retired Master Mariner, and held a U.S. Navy "D" Qualification as a Senior Skipper - Oceans. For six years he was a Varsity Offshore Sailing Team Coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Some of his, present and past, memberships include: Association of Naval Aviation, The Tailhook Association, McCampbell's Aces Squadron, Navy League, Naval Historical Foundation, Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, the Naval Order of the United States and Silver Wings.

FREIBERGER HISTORY: Freiberger Präzision Mechanik (FPM) is based in Saxony, Germany. It has a long and impressive history. Originally founded in 1791 FPM has produced instruments for Astronomical and mine navigation as well as mine, geological and land surveying for almost as many years as the United States of America is old. In 1965, FPM became a satellite factory for VEB Carl Zeiss Jena, and was the sole manufacturer of all levels, compasses and sextants. In 1990, following the reunification of Germany, the Jena Surveying Instrument factory at Göschwitz was closed by Carl Zeiss Oberkochen. However, the Freiberger company was able to continue the production of these fine German-Made instruments under their own name as a privately owned company. However, in 1993 they spun off many of their operations to individual companies, and went through a major reorganization as FPM Holding GMBH. They appear to have been active until 2007 which is the year they last updated their website. However, the sextants continue to be readily available in Europe.

Freiberger sextants are well thought of by the European and Asian Merchant Mariners and have become more and more popular in this country. They were also the basis of the Russian marine CHO-T sextant design. You will likely see some cruise ships that come up in a Google search, that show them as part of their ship's inventory. If you are a small boat navigator keep the enclosed tangent screw free of salt water and lubricated with WD-40 or Vaseline, and you will have no problems. You will welcome its light weight and full size mirrors compared to other more expensive instruments.

FREIBERGER Drum Sextant SPECIFICATIONS:

Measuring Range: -3 to +123 degrees
Telescopes: 2.4 x 25 mm: Coated optics
Frame: Lightweight die cast aluminum alloy with corrosion resistant light gray finish. Bronze arc.
Vernier Scale: reads to 1.0 min. Visually estimates to 1/10 min
Index Mirror: 45 x 29 mm. aluminized on the rear side.
Horizon Mirror: 45 x 28 mm diameter.
Shades:
4 for index mirror
3 for horizon mirror


Weight: 1 lbs 12 oz, 5 lbs 7 oz in case
Carrying case: Varnished wood case with two keys

INCLUDED ARE:

  • 1 Freiberger Yachtsman Sextant frame
  • 1 2.4 x 25 mm Scope
  • 1 Mirror adjustment wrench
  • 1 Varnished wood sextant case
  • 2 keys
  • Certificate of Inspection
  • Original owner's manual

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OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within five days of receipt in its original packaging. Returns must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Shipping charges are included in this offer within the continental United States if the error is due to our fault.

International buyers welcome, but must inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

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