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    Re: Long Term Almanac
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2001 Jul 16, 9:02 PM

    As someone who practices celestial infrequently and mostly on dry land,
    coughing up $20 or so every year for a copy of the Nautical Almanac is a
    bit much.  I was hoping this product could be a substitute.
    At 09:21 PM 7/15/2001 +0100, you wrote:
    >At 19:37 15/07/01 -0700, Lu Abel wrote:
    > >Dan:
    > >
    > >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have on board is six years out of date!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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