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    Re: Chauvenet's practical navigation experience
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2010 Mar 17, 06:46 +0000

    Gosh! ...Well done Frank. I use Eudora as an email program and it has
    this little icon of a red pepper to warn of "strong language" in an
    email. Two red peppers is a stern warning that you may want to cover
    your eyes when reading this email - and you managed to provoke a
    three-pepper icon! Very rare. Well done again!
    
    So, let me turn this around slightly. Does it matter if Chauvenet was
    a practical navigator himself or not? Surely a better test of the
    quality of Chauvenet as a text book and reference book is if
    practical navigators find it accessible and useful in exploring their
    art beyond Noon Sights and Marcq St-Hilaire.
    
    There is no doubt that Henry is a very experienced navigator, and
    there is also no doubt that has been an adventurous navigator,
    willing to try and use the more esoteric aspects of celestial
    navigation while finding his way around the planet. I would like to
    hear from Henry if he, personally, discovered Chauvenet early on and
    found it to be a useful text in helping him understand the more
    advanced aspects of CN throughout his career, or if he came upon
    Chauvenet after he retired and just thinks it a neat exposition of
    what he knows already?
    
    Geoffrey Kolbe
    
    
    

       
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