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    Re: Almanac Heaven: where Alamancs go to die
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 Mar 14, 18:17 EST

    Robert asked:
    "If people are buying used  Nautical Almanacs on e-bay, what are they using
    them for?"
    At three bucks  (sometimes much less) plus a couple for shipping, could be
    almost anything. Doug  Royer mentioned nautical decor, and that's a big one. It
    sounds like you've been  keeping yours in good condition so you might be able
    to sell them at a premium  for their decorative value. There are also people
    who collect "Navy stuff" and  the official N.A.'s fit that category. Another
    small market is for people who  have some sentimental attachment for the
    specific year.
    Myself, I have  been collecting together a few almanacs from each 25 year
    period and from  various re-publishers so that I can better understand the tools
    of the trade  available historically (without schlepping to the library every
    time). For  example, when we were talking about those time sights in that
    logbook from  1896-97, it was nice to be able to pull an "American Nautical
    Almanac" from 1890  off the shelf and verify that the Sun declinations are accurate
    to the nearest  arcsecond (compared with accurate modern calculations for that
    era) which made  it clear that the recorded declinations were taken from the
    table for Greenwich  *Apparent* Noon rather than Mean Noon. It's a small
    discovery but a fun one, and  I wouldn't have made it without an old almanac in
    42.0N  87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.

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