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1. Sextans - The Sextant.
2. Raising his sextant, Captain Nemo took the altitude of the sun, which would give him his latitude.
3. Dar had used a compass, dividers, rulers, triangles, and a sextant in school; but this equipment had him clueless.
4. He kept getting out his sextant (an instrument which tells you what part of the ocean you are in) and making calculations.
5. A few minutes before the sun passed its zenith, Captain Nemo raised his sextant and took his sights with the utmost precision.
6. Kenneth reckoned the ship boasted a sextant, a compass and little else; we never thought to ask about life-jackets or lifeboats!.
7. It was Mitchell’s duty to calculate the plane’s position, relay this to the radioman so he could send a distress signal, and strap the sextant and celestial navigation kit to his body.

8. Each time I made a sextant calibration, wrote navigator John Weller, I would open the escape hatch on the flight deck and stand on my navigation desk and the radio operator’s desk while [the radioman] held on to my legs so I would not be sucked out of the plane.
9. Ann looked around her critically once they were up in the attic: four skylight windows covered by wooden panels faced the four cardinal points, making for decent observation positions, while a small table and chair sat in a corner, with a pile of parchments and two large bound, leather-covered books resting on the table, along with pens, an ink bottle and a primitive sextant.
10. You're familiar with some of them, such as the thermometer, which gives the temperature inside the Nautilus; the barometer, which measures the heaviness of the outside air and forecasts changes in the weather; the humidistat, which indicates the degree of dryness in the atmosphere; the storm glass, whose mixture decomposes to foretell the arrival of tempests; the compass, which steers my course; the sextant, which takes the sun's altitude and tells me my latitude; chronometers, which allow me to calculate my longitude; and finally, spyglasses for both day and night, enabling me to scrutinize every point of the horizon once the Nautilus has risen to the surface of the waves.

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