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    Re: Almanac Heaven: where Alamancs go to die
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2006 Mar 14, 13:12 -0500

    Thanks Frank,
    An inveterate and sentimental pack rat I am!
    But your post begs the question:
    If people are buying used Nautical Almanacs on e-bay, what are they using them for?
    Re: the British Almanac, I cannot tell you what they look like. As far as I 
    know, most of us here in Canuckistan purchase our almanacs from the "Great 
    Satan" ;-^). It is possible, however, that the Canadian Navy -- assuming that 
    they still use astro -- purchase theirs from mother England.
    I know for sure that as late as the mid-1980's, the Royal Canadian Air Force 
    was purchasing their sight reduction tables (AP3270) from England but their 
    Air Almanacs from the USA. That was when the latter was published in 6 month 
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Frank Reed 
    Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:04 am
    Subject: Re: Almanac Heaven
    > Robert Eno asked:
    > "What do you do with your  old Nautical Almanacs?"
    > Sell them on ebay? You can get two or three bucks  for them usually.
    > And:
    > "Since the late 1980's, I have been regularly  ordering the US
    > governmentedition with its wonderful sewn binding and hardboard
    > covers (I purchase the
    > commercial version for my vessel's  library)"
    > Speaking of which, what does the British printing look like  these
    > days?
    > And:
    > "Is there any conceivable use for old Nautical  Almanacs?  Will,
    > say, the
    > 1999 version ever be of use again through some  cyclic mechanism
    > in the universe
    > (notwithstanding precession etc.)?"
    > The  "ephemeral" data is just that. Apart from that four year
    > cycle for solar
    > data,  which is only marginally accurate anyway, everything else
    > is history.
    > Of course,  the refraction data and dip table, the interpolation
    > tables, the
    > short sight  reduction tables, and the explanation are all still
    > good, but
    > that's an excuse  to keep only one copy. That said, I've got four
    > post-1975
    > Nautical Almanacs at  arm's reach right now (all from ebay, $12
    > for the lot).
    > You  concluded:
    > "Or am I just being an inveterate and sentimental  packrat?"
    > Yes. 
    > -FER
    > 42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.
    > www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars

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