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    Re: Celestial Navigation Weekend
    From: Ken Gebhart
    Date: 2006 Feb 18, 20:38 -0600

    On 2/18/06 1:28 AM, "Frank Reed"  wrote:
    > During the weekend of June 16-18, 2006,  Friday through Sunday, the Mystic
    > Seaport Planetarium in Mystic, Connecticut  will be hosting a "Celestial
    > Navigation Celebration" devoted to preserving the  art and practice of
    > celestial
    > navigation. Planetarium Director and long-time  celestial instructor, Don
    > Treworgy, will conduct a tour of part of the museum's  navigational instrument
    > collection. Many of these historical instruments have  never been publicly
    > displayed.
    > Myself, I will be conducting two presentations on  navigation by "lunar
    > distances", one devoted to historical aspects and basic  concepts, the other
    > focused on the mathematical and technical aspects. Anyone  interested will
    > have an
    > opportunity to take a lunar distance observation and  find the longitude just
    > the way it was done during the late 18th and early 19th  centuries (weather
    > permitting, of course). Don Treworgy and other planetarium  staff will also do
    > at
    > least one planetarium program demonstrating the use of the  planetarium
    > projector and dome in teaching celestial navigation. We also intend  to
    > arrange a
    > presentation based on the G.W. Blunt-White Library's extensive  collection of
    > original logbooks, navigation manuals, and almanacs.
    > Join  us in Mystic for this weekend of events. Whether you're just interested
    > in the  subject of celestial navigation for the fun and challenge of a nearly
    > lost art,  or you're a professional celestial navigator with decades of
    > experience at sea,  we would like to see you there. We're also putting out a
    > "Call
    > for  Presentations". Is there a celestial navigation topic that you would like
    > to  present to a wider audience? Perhaps you have an unusual method for
    > getting a  line of position at sunrise or sunset. Maybe you're a sextant
    > merchant
    > and you  would like to tell us about your experiences on the business side of
    > celestial  navigation. If you have an idea for a presentation, please try to
    > let us know by  February 28, 2006 so that we can finalize our schedule. If you
    > definitely plan  to attend or you're thinking about attending, it will be very
    > useful to us to  have a head count, so please drop me an e-mail at
    > FrankReed@HistoricalAtlas.com.
    > Events of the "Celestial Navigation  Celebration" weekend are free of charge
    > and open to all. If you plan to visit  other exhibits at Mystic Seaport while
    > you're here (and you certainly should!),  then you would need to purchase
    > regular museum admission or a museum membership.  Details here:
    > www.mysticseaport.org. Some events during the weekend are  sponsored by the
    > Susan P. Howell
    > Memorial Fund.
    > On a practical note, I  should add that Mystic, Connecticut is easily
    > accessible. It's a straight,  forty-minute drive from T.F. Green Airport south
    > of
    > Providence, Rhode Island  which is served by frequent inexpensive flights on
    > Southwest and other major  airlines, and it's just a mile from Exit 90 on
    > I-95.
    > Mystic is on the main  Amtrak train line between Boston and New York City.
    > There
    > are numerous motels,  hotels, B&Bs, and other accomodations close to Mystic
    > Seaport.
    > Frank  Reed
    > www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
    > 41.3N 71.9W or 41.9N  87.7W
    > -FER
    > 42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.
    > www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
    Count me in.  I would be happy to present a paper there concerning current
    worldwide interest in celestial navigation (which is considerable).  I would
    also notify the major sailing magazines about the event (if you are not
    afraid of having too many people).  I will contact you offline with other

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