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    Re: Back In Hobby: Some Questions, Please
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2007 Apr 25, 10:46 -0700

    Gary LaPook wrote:
    Here is a link to a site where you can download for free the current
    copy of Bowditch as well as H.O 229, H.O 249 etc:
    Here is a link to an online version of Bowditch:
    Here is a link to an online Nautical Almanac:
    Her is a link where you can download a celestial navigation program:
    On Apr 25, 9:57 am, Robert11  wrote:
    > Hi,
    > Now that I'm retired, I would like to bring myself back up to speed
    > with this great hobby.
    > Was wondering about the following, as I haven't tracked any of this
    > for many a year, unfortunately.
    > a.  Are full sized frame, metal, sextants still being manufactured
    > anywhere ?
    > b.  If so, by whom, please ?
    > c.  Irrespective of price, which are acknowledged as the "best" in
    > quality now ?
    > Guess I should probably get myself a new copy of Bowditch.
    > Looking thru Google, it seems the Gov't does not print it anymore,
    > although, apparently it is available from some private publisher(s).
    > I now have the single blue covered 1962 single volume edition with the
    > really nice plastic star insert pages.  I guess they don't do it like
    > this anymore.
    > All in all, confusing, as to what's available, and from who.
    > Where would you folks suggest I go to purchase the most complete, best
    > printed, and clearest, volume ?
    > Guess I should also ask which on line source is the most complete for
    > navigation related texts, etc. (other than Amazon) ?
    > Thanks,
    > Bob
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