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    Re: Differences between the government and the commercial
    From: John Kabel
    Date: 2001 Apr 09, 4:13 PM

    John Kabel replies:
    
    The Canadian Power and Sail Squadron supplies the commercial
    (Celestaire) Nautical Almanac to its celestial navigation students as a
    matter of routine, primarily because of cost.  I haven't "needed" one
    for a couple of years, with N well behind me, but I still get copies
    annually through the Training Supplies officer of my squadron because of
    the price.  I use it to keep the skills up.
    
    The other really neat thing about the Celestaire version is the
    interesting ads for some "offbeat" nautical posters, etc., and contacts
    for a large number of supplers of charts and books around the world.
    
    Finally, Celestaire used to offer a chance to win a sextant and
    navigational computer package.  I couldn't find it in the 2001 Almanac,
    but maybe it will come back in the future (hint, hint, hint).
    
    John Kabel
    Past Commander
    London Power and Sail Squadron
    London, Ontario, Canada
    
    Chuck Taylor wrote:
    >
    > The "introductory" material is after the daily pages in both editions. As far as
    > substantive issues other than price which would cause one to buy one edition in
    > preference to the other, I know of none.
    >
    > Chuck Taylor
    > Everett, WA, USA
    >
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > Celestaire describes the commercial almanac as: "Both the commercial and
    > > government editions have identical tabulated data and construction with the
    > > following exception: The coverage is expanded in that it contains the last
    > > two months of the previous year. The price of this edition is less than the
    > > government edition due to some advertising pages which are placed at the
    > > back, and may be retained or easily removed."
    > >
    > > I found one at my local West Marine. It is indeed about 50% less than the
    > > government version, but I didn't find any introductory material in it, and I
    > > think that the government version does. Is that true? Are there any other
    > > differences?
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > YA
    > >
    

       
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