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It is the present usage by the National Physical Laboratory and the Trade to give, on its Certificate, the 'constant' (graduation and centring) errors of a sextant only at stated points on the scale. If these errors are of a magnitude which is worth while applying as a correction, this usage is not quite what the user requires. The N.P.L. Class A Test, issued for instruments reading directly to 10″ (or o′·2 in the case of decimal subdivision) allows combined graduation and centring error up todoi:10.1017/s0373463300027685 fatcat:3cxosynwrnbrdkzjukhgaibcnm