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    Kansas: heartland of celestial navigation
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2015 Oct 28, 12:22 -0700

    According to Glynda, "Kansas ... is the name of the star."
    You can't go wrong when the "good witch" hooks you up with the celestial sphere!

    At a more practical level for navigation, Kansas is the heartland of celestial navigation because Ken Gebhart founded his company Celestaire there, and his company remains one of the world's premier sextant producers and distributors. Kansas is an ideal location, as Ken likes to joke, because it's equidistant from both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Thanks to the interest in celestial navigation deriving from the recent US Naval Academy news, the Wichita Eagle published a nice article about Ken Gebhart and Celestaire including a neat little video in which Ken explains sextants and the basic principle of celestial and makes an excellent analogy with the game of golf (in the video he also mentions navigation hobbyists... that's you, NavList reader!). Below you'll find the video and also a photo of Ken Gebhart taking aim on us.

    Frank Reed
    Conanicut Island USA

    PS: The web site, kansas.com, loads very slowly, and is bloated by ads so you may prefer to download the video here (below). The attached video is an mp4 format video file. If you can't play that right away, this is something that you should fix now: install a proper video viewer on your computer. By far the most popular choice is the VLC media player which is excellent for any video. Get it here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/.



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