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    Re: Long Term Almanac
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2001 Jul 15, 2:21 PM

    At 19:37 15/07/01 -0700, Lu Abel wrote:
    >In viewing the web page, it's not clear whether this almanac just covers
    >the stars or whether it also covers the sun, moon and planets.  Since it
    >sounds as if you've purchased a copy, could you clarify??
    Hello Lu.
    I can confirm that my "Long Term Almanac 2000 - 2050" does not contain any
    data on the position of the planets or the moon.
    This is justifiable because the Long Term Almanac is not meant to stand
    alone as the principal almanac upon which your ability to stay found
    depends (though it is fun to use it in that way).
    Rather, it is a back-up almanac that will be stowed away and forgotten
    about until a wave has found some way of getting inside your navigation
    computer rather than going around it. Or you head out to sea early one
    spring and do a series of sightings to check your position - You reach for
    your Nautical Almanac, only to remember that it is on the front right hand
    corner of your desk at home and that the only other Nautical Almanac you
    have on board is six years out of date!
    Good planning should, of course, prevent problems like this occurring. But,
    we live in the real world and it is good to have something to bail you out
    of trouble if a gale-force blast of reality hits at an inconvenient moment.
    Yours aye,
    Geoffrey Kolbe
    Dr Geoffrey Kolbe, author of "Long Term Almanac 2000-2050" for sun and
    selected stars, with concise sight reduction tables.
    Available online from www.pisces-press.com

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