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    Re: Do We Still Need to Use Sextants?
    From: Alan S
    Date: 2013 Apr 8, 09:24 -0700


    The possibility you suggest is perhaps a real one. That having been said, North Korea's so acting might be construed as an act of war, with suitable consequences to North Korea, these consequences originating from several sources/nations. It would be better to avoid such situations, but then are the North Koreans rational. I don't know.

    Otherwise, absent sextants, the following is perhaps a possible alternative. Using a protractor, a piece of string and a weight, the angle or attitude of a celestial body can be determined, though whether such a "shot" would be of sufficient accuracy is debatable, beyond my knowledge to determine. It might be, but quite possibly not, even assuming the availability of accurate time, and such tables as one desired to use.For those not devoted to electronic navigation, I expect that the sextant, being reasonably idiot proof, will continue to serve.
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