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    Re: Calculators revisited
    From: Nigel Gardner
    Date: 2000 Dec 11, 4:44 AM

    The first machine that I had for sight reduction was a TI58 and the last
    one a casio 730 but to be honest rarely used them, prefering to do the
    sight reductions on a bit of paper from the nautical almanac and Hughes
    tables. The advantage as far as I was concerned was that it was the way I
    was brought up and therefore comfortable with it and more importantly it
    was much easier to check the figures as well as detecting an error if a
    silly answer came out.
    Regarding bringing the sun down, I am surprised that someone was taught to
    bring the sextant down for a sunshot (i.e. setting the sextant to zero,
    aiming at the sun then rotating the sextant about the index arm to the
    horizon) because of the glare. It is a good technique for faint bodies
    (particularly Polaris) but does need practice.

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