Mark V Sextant

This averaging sextant was reliable and accurate but heavy. It saw wider use in the Navy than in the Army. The hook allowed the navigator to hang the bulky sextant from the top of an astrodome for more precise readings.

Caption:
Widely used by navigators in the Navy during World War II and the early Cold War.
Type: Artifact
Image Date: 2012
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Origin: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Creator: Eric Long
NASM2012-02152
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Widely used by navigators in the Navy during World War II and the early Cold War.
Widely used by navigators in the Navy during World War II and the early Cold War.