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    Re: Modern celestial navigation: when and why?
    From: Frank Atkins
    Date: 2015 Feb 11, 18:16 -0800

    Frank,

    As I said in a previous post I taught myself the basics of celestial nav when living inland sme 20 years or so ago. My intentions were to use the knowledge eventually but by the time I moved to the coast and bought a yacht GPS was it.

    In my time associated with the fishing and yachting fraternity I have not met anybody who utilised celestial nav. I feel I am seen by some as one who meddles in the black arts, a druid mumbling to himself whilst handling  mysterious objects, worshiping the sun and carrying undecipherable books of numbers under his arms.

    If I start to talk to boating associates about celestial nav their eyes glaze over, they shuffle their feet and it is obvious they wish to depart from my presence.

    Over time I have learned to keep my own counsel on such matters and now wear a baseball cap with Garmin on it so as to find acceptance amongst my fellows.

    Leprosy can be cured but celestial nav, once caught, is an incurable disease and a cross us so afflicted have to bear with as much fortitude as we can muster.

    Frank A.

    33.53S 121.53E  Thur 1010 Local or there abouts.

     

       
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