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    Re: Heath Hezzanith question
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2007 Oct 23, 21:04 -0400

    Gary, you wrote:
    "I use one of those little hand held dictaphones."
    And others are talking about using LED lights and, of course, many people
    work sights with calculators, etc. So I started thinking, 'what would be the
    ultimate modern device for traditional navigation enthusiasts?' Of course,
    making the sextant electronic in any way would break the fundamental rule of
    the game, so that's the one taboo. Everything else is fair game. So imagine
    this: your 'dictaphone' now has a smart little computer inside with a GPS
    receiver, too. You take your sextant sight, and at the right moment, say to
    the device, "Mark..." The device notes the exact time and waits. Then you
    tell it, "Sun Lower Limb... 22 degrees 14.7 minutes." The device does basic
    voice recognition (computationally difficult), and it also performs all the
    spherical trigonometry of every branch of celestial navigation
    (computationally easy compared to voice recognition). It works the sight up
    more or less instantly, compares it to the GPS position, and answers [in one
    of those tinny, computer-generated voices], "Sight yields Line of Position
    at distance 0.4 nautical miles towards azimuth 132.4... Excellent work." And
    if you're not doing as well maybe it could say, "Resulting Line of Position
    is 19.5 nautical miles away... Say, perhaps you should consider photography
    as a hobby? Do you know I am also a digital camera?" ;-)
    I would buy one.
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