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    Book - the complete on-board celestial navigator
    From: Gerard Mittelstaedt
    Date: 2003 Mar 22, 13:00 -0600

     I was looking for a downloadable version of
    the Nautical Almanac and found
    The complete on-board celestial navigator
    by George G Bennett   isbn = 0-07-139657-8
    listed on Amazon.com
    The description said that it included an almanac
    that was valid 2003 - 2007.
    The price was modest (just under $20.00 US),
    and I bought it.
    First, I am not a celestial navigator.  Some years
    ago I took a few sextant shots of the sun and
    found S. Texas! ... by "cookbook" method - that
    is, rigidly following formula - not necessarily
    The Almanac section of "The complete..." seems
    to be abbreviated, and probably needs a lot of
    interpolation for use.
    The book is organized in 11 chapters, that can
    be logically organized into sections on
    - How to
    - Almanac data, including
      Stars & Aries, Sun & planets, Moon
    - "planning observations"
    - sextant corrections
    - the Marcq St.Hilaire Method -
    and various tables and forms.
    Has anyone on this list ever used this
    It seems to pack a lot of information into
    its 176 pages.  I suspect that to make it
    work one needs to add some extended work
    (interpolation etc.)
    Gerard Mittelstaedt    mitt@hiline.net
    McAllen, Texas

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