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    Re: Bubble Sextants and Celestial Calculators
    From: Bruce Hamilton
    Date: 2008 Sep 08, 22:24 -0700

    Thanks for the information on the star names.  I'm surprised I didn't
    run into the British names as most of the Captains in my Merchant
    College days were Brits or at least trained by the Brits.  One had been
    a Hugli river pilot in India and had trained in the days when
    apprentices were kept in line with beatings and holy stoning. I just had
    verbal abuse and chipping hammers.
    By the way,I think that Pocket Stars is a fine program. It just doesn't
    deal with bubble sextants well, but how many of us users are there in
    the world.
    Question. The U.S. air force manual still has celestial navigation in
    it. Does anyone know if they are still using it at all or even have
    sextants available  or is it just the bureaucratic lag leaving the
    process in the manual?
    I would like to thanks everyone for all the advise I am getting.  I
    didn't even know Pub 249 existed and it's opening pages certainly make
    star hunting a breeze. I also started using the star finder set I picked
    up at a yard sale, along with a sunrise/set wheel.  The rise set wheel
    is interesting but my sunset times were out of it's range. Perhaps they
    make different ones for different latitude ranges. My only wish is that
    the print was larger. :-)
    Vancouver, BC
    frankreed@HistoricalAtlas.net wrote:
    > "If this is 'Benetnasch' don't worry. It's the name used in the German
    > Nautical Almanach."
    > Benetnasch was formerly also the common name in British navigation
    > publications. When the American and British almanacs began coordinating
    > their efforts in the 1950s (leading to the joint publication starting fifty
    > years ago this year), the first step was to settle on a common list of star
    > names. Thus Benetnasch became Alkaid, and Deneb Kaitos became Diphda in
    > trade.
    >  -FER
    > >
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