hydrographic sextant

hydrographic sextant

[′hī·drə′graf·ik ′seks·tənt]
(engineering)
A surveying sextant similar to those used for celestial navigation but smaller and lighter, constructed so that the maximum angle that can be read is slightly greater than that on the navigating sextant; usually the angles can be read only to the nearest minute by means of a vernier; it is fitted with a telescope with a large object glass and field of view. Also known as sounding sextant; surveying sextant.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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