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    Direction of travel of the Nav-L list
    From: Joe Schultz
    Date: 2003 Jun 20, 09:39 -0500

    As a new member to this list I find the question as interesting as
    the intent that this list serve "traditional" navigation.  First:
    what is traditional navigation?  Is it the fellow that discovered
    that those things (stars) don't seem to move even if he does?  The
    fellow who discovered that those stars do move but at a relatively
    constant rate regardless of where he is?  The fellow who figured out
    a clock can be set by a radio wave?  Or the fellow who uses an
    electronic machine to do the calculations for information obtained
    from a sextant and a clock?  To me, navigation is and has been an
    evolving science with small (and sometimes incorrect) steps between
    major discoveries.  A satelite is a man-made celestial body and a GPS
    receiver is an electronic machine that "measures" the angle and does
    the math, if you will.  So, in my opinion, the boundary as utilized
    by these members is "manual determination of the angle with the
    computational tool of choice."  I have not been on this list long
    enough to offer my opinion as to where the boundary should be.
    
    Now to answer the question: yes, I think history should be included.
    Perhaps you need to refine your subject lines.  "Lunars without a
    horizon: how John Doe (1790-1840) did it"  "Lunars without a horizon:
    methods using a clock" could be examples.
    
    As for me, I'm considering spitting out the anchor after a dozen
    years away from the sea.  I'm willing to sift through (and out) the
    historical details in order to get back to speed.  I just hope the
    experts here are still willing to help those of us who are not as
    good at it as you are.
    
    
    

       
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