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    Hi & "the other list"
    From: Will O´Neil
    Date: 2001 Mar 21, 8:02 PM

    Just joined the list. I did a lot of star sights as USN navigator in 1960s 
    (and a few more thereafter until sextants pretty much disappeared from USN 
    bridges). Presently an amateur student of history of navigation and 
    navigating instruments, and collector of old instruments.
    
    I'm also the moderator of another list (or group) in a subject area closely 
    related to that of navigation-l. This is the group Sextants hosted on Yahoo! 
    Groups. (Nothing to do with Yahoo! -- they just provide place for such 
    things.)
    
    The group isn't restricted to sextants; it also deals other instruments for 
    measuring visual dihedral angles at sea, aloft, or in the field; the use of 
    such instruments for navigation, surveying, and like purposes; and other 
    related matters including marine and air navigation, surveying, and the 
    industry and technology that produced these instruments. Everyone is welcome 
    to post information and questions regarding history, specific instruments, 
    sales, wants, etc.
    
    Naturally, there's a certain overlap in subject matter with navigation-l. 
    Sextants runs a bit more to history, however.
    
    One reason I set it up as a Yahoo! group in the first place is that it allows 
    storage of archival material, including documents, images, etc. Sextants has 
    e-copies of a number of important articles on sextant history, a bibliography 
    of materials relating to sextants, and pix of some instruments owned by 
    members.
    
    Membership is open (and it's easy to unsubscribe if you decide it's not for 
    you). Most people use the Web interface, at
    
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Sextants
    
    You can also treat it like a list. Send message to
    
    Sextants-subscribe---groups.com
    
    There are about 100 members and the traffic volume isn't going to overwhelm anyone, I'm pretty sure.
    
    If you are not already registered with Yahoo! Groups for some other purpose, 
    you will be asked to sign up. They will want some information, of which only 
    your e-mail address actually has to be correct. There is no other way to get 
    access to this group except via Yahoo! Groups.
    
    If you have any questions, just send me an e-mail: will.oneil{at}pobox.com. 
    I'll do my best to answer. Some people have had difficulties in getting the 
    Yahoo! Groups software to accept their subscriptions -- let me know if this 
    happens to you and I'll try to "force" your subscription through.
    
    Will O'Neil
    
    
    
    
    

       
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