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    Re: Modern celestial navigation: when and why?
    From: Philip Lange
    Date: 2015 Feb 13, 10:02 -0500

    My introduction to blue water cruising came in the late 60's early 70's.
    For a small yacht, celestial was it. I have never experienced the thrill
    of landfall with modern instruments that came with CN.
    Weeks at sea, then the tiny island appears on the horizon just where it
    is supposed to be. No black box can capture that experience.
    Why CN? Addiction I suppose; to the  mind it takes to be confident with
    uncertainty,  the rush that comes with landfall and confirmation, the
    honing of a skill, the connection with our sun, our stars and our universe.
    Lying at anchor in a pool of reflected starlight, gazing at the familiar
    sea of stars above, it is easy to see our world whirling among them.
    And, if we allow ourselves the experience, the inevitable realization
    that we too are the stuff of stars.

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