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    Celestial Navigation Weekend (Mystic: June, 2006)
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2005 Oct 6, 18:50 EDT

    Don Treworgy and I are tentatively planning a  "Celestial Navigation
    Celebration" for the weekend of June 16-18, 2006 to be  held at Mystic Seaport in
    Mystic, Connecticut USA. This would essentially be a  "fan convention" for
    celestial navigation enthusiasts and professionals with  behind the scenes tours of
    the Seaport's navigational instrument collection, its  library of historical
    documents, and talks and seminars (yes, including  something on lunars). We'll
    also make the best of opportunities, weather  permittin, to practice sights and
    compare instruments and techniques. While  beginners would certainly be
    welcome, this "weekend of workshops" would be aimed  primarily at those with some
    celestial navigation experience. As celestial fades  rapidly into the pages of
    history, I see it as a chance to get a little press  coverage, too, and perhap
    remind people of the lasting impact of celestial  navigation and its
    continuing relevance.
    
    Incidentally, Don Treworgy is  the Director of the Seaport Planetarium. He
    has been working there since it  opened back in 1960, and he has been teaching
    celestial navigation for almost  forty years. Imagine how perfect it must have
    been to be teaching celestial  navigation and astronomy in a planetarium just
    two years after the release of  the best Bowditch ever, two years after the
    perfection and unification of the  modern Nautical Almanac, and three years
    after the launch of Sputnik... We'll  get him to do at least one talk, probably on
    the techniques of teaching  navigation with the benefit of a planetarium. Don
    has deep roots in Maine. His  last name is originally Cornish (Tre- for farm,
    -Worgy for George, so  Treworgy=George's Farm), and his family pronounces it
    like "Truer  Gee".
    
    By the way, I know some of you were talking about the relative  merits of
    Ebbco vs Davis sextants. If you can wait long enough, you can try an  Ebbco. The
    Seaport Planetarium has a bunch.
    
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
    
    
    

       
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