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Is the sextant still used today?

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Is the sextant still used today?
Yes, sextants are still used today. While computer navigation systems are quickly taking over and preferred by some, there are still some vessels that use a sextant or at least have a working sextant as backup for navigating. Shop a collection of sextants from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
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Superb Large Brass Sextant Ceiling Light from the Captains Cabin
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Superb large brass sextant ceiling light from the captains cabin A very good quality lamp it has
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Antique English John Parkes & Sons Brass Sextant in Original Case, Circa 1920's.
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English brass and steel sextant in original case, circa 1920's. Made by John Parkes & Sons
Category

Early 20th Century English Nautical Objects

Materials

Brass, Steel

1917 Waymouth Cooke Naval Rangefinder Sextant
Located in San Mateo, CA
sextant range finder. They were patented in 1914. The Mark II like this one came out in 1917. The
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Vintage 1910s English Other Nautical Objects

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Nautical Vernier Sextant, G.W.Butters, London
Located in Norwich, GB
Vernier Nautical Sextant, G.W. Butters, London. A fine curved frame vernier sextant, the
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Antique Early 1900s English Nautical Objects

Materials

Brass

A poket sextant signed Stanley, London 1890.
Located in Milan, IT
A travel nautical instrument, sextant, to determine the ship’s position. The cover became the base
Category

Antique Late 19th Century English Scientific Instruments

Materials

Brass

Couroc Resin Tray with Sailing Ships and Compass
By The Couroc Company
Located in Downingtown, PA
compass and to the top right a bronze sextant. The reverse with a slightly raised circular foot to each
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Resin

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