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    Re: Celestial navigation classes: looking for suggestions...
    From: Bruce J. Pennino
    Date: 2016 Oct 28, 16:12 -0400
    Hello Frank & Brad:
     
    I’m going to build on Brad’s point. After I read “ Fitzroy “ by the Gribbins I really became interested in the “big picture” of the relationships between early explorers, astronomers, navigators, machinists , clockmakers and the actual surveyors who actually got the data to make the charts.  The book Longitude mostly tells the story from the clock makers’  viewpoint .  It seems to me there is a great story that can be told at Mystic (or elsewhere) about the early data gatherers and their methods. Old charts could be used
    or displayed. Sextants could be handled, almanacs  could  be shown, the “movement” of celestial bodies could be briefly explained. Methods of data acquisition and tying the data into major charts and location of continents, etc. Many different avenues depending on your special goals and interests.  Many retired people really enjoy history and maybe how the history fits into the modern times. Finding latitude is so easy, finding longitude was more difficult, but charting rocks in a channel or precisely locating a continent required many different skills and hardworking men. This topic could be covered,maybe, in a couple of hours,even with some hands-on time??? Plus times for questions.....3 hours tops?
     
    See ya
     
    Bruce














     
    Sent: Friday, October 28, 2016 3:13 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Celestial navigation classes: looking for suggestions...
     

    Hello Frank

    As a result of sitting through endless lectures at the university, I find that the enthusiasm of the professor far out weighs the exact topic of the lecture.

    It may be the most scintillating topic on the planet, but if the lecturer has all the spirit of a damp dishrag, then the audience will notice and react. 

    A far less scintillating topic, given enthusiastically, will get rave audience reviews.

    Choose topics that you feel strongly about, even if the topic rates a large negative from you. For example, it is clear that you are not a fan of the 2102-D.  You have expressed strong opinions on the topic.  Feel your blood boiling??? That would be one heck of a lecture!  Seriously, very interesting!!

    There are other topics which, I am quite sure, you feel very strongly about.  Good.  Pick those.  If you don't care about a topic, no matter how critical it is to CN, then I suggest you avoid it.

    Brad

    On Oct 28, 2016 9:54 AM, "Bruce J. Pennino" <NoReply_Pennino@fer3.com> wrote:
    I just read my recent Mystic Seaport Bulletin and there was a very successful “adventure series”  afternoon and evening lecture recently.....265 people in the afternoon and 290 people in the evening.
     
    I’ve been to a couple of these and they are excellent. Usually the speaker presents the  talk for an hour or so and answers questions for another 30 minutes. Free coffee and donuts!
     
    Because people are so busy, would a briefer lecture combined with some “ hands-on” be more popular? How about an afternoon or evening time slot??
     

    Bruce














     
    Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2016 9:23 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Celestial navigation classes: looking for suggestions...
     

    Frank,

    Exotic topics to think about : Artificial horizons, dip short, backsights, daytime Venus, ultra high altitude GP circle of position, and sunrise/sunset LOP without a sextant. Something really far out would be longitude by jovian moons which could be an extra  subject for the land navigation class.

    Greg Rudzinski

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