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    Re: Modifacation to 2102-D
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2009 Aug 7, 15:24 -0400

    Chief Franklin
    It is indeed a signal honor to welcome you to the NavList.
    To on the list who doesn't know who QMCM Byron Franklin is, I suggest you look in
    your recently published H.O. Pub 9, Bowditch or on the web.
    Again, welcome aboard.  I do hope that you will have fun here!
    Best Regards
    Brad Morris
    -----Original Message-----
    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of QMCM
    Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2009 3:41 PM
    To: NavList
    Subject: [NavList 9397] Modifacation to 2102-D
    I have made Modifications to the 2102-D. The starfinder is to
    difficult for the midgrade and casual observer. My star finder is as
    accurate, with 2 minute set, no almanac. The way it should be.
    I made it to teach Celestral Navigation.
    Astronomer use 2102-D?
    FROM Byron Franklin 109 Champlin PL N. Newport RI 02840   401 8478954,
    Subject: Simplify Celestial Star Finder and Identifier (Patent
    Pending.)  A wide field of NAVIGATORS and ASTRONOMER'S will find this
    My name Byron Franklin QMCM (SS) USN retired.
    MY profession is Nautical Navigation and Instructor; I have 2 radar
    techniques in pub. # 1310 and a piloting technique named after me in
    Bowditch 73, presently in the Glossary.
    I have invented a (easy to use) Star Finder equal to the well
    known"Rude/NO.2102D" in accuracy, but my innovation can be used by the
    general public (starting at the middle grade of pubic school and up.)
    My Star Finder is of the same horizon disk and plotting disk as 2102D,
    the base disk is very different. It can do the same as the 2102D, star
    name identification and location of Altitude and bearing of a star or
    planets in your sky, But, stars with out the use of other reference
    (Almanac) or formula. (It is Self Contained.) Two minute setup, no
    The advantage over all other including the Rude /2102 D is:
    1. Simple and quick, User need to know only, Latitude and Longitude,
    date: month, day and time (GMT) of desired observation to set up the
    Star Finder and identifier in only a few minutes. The User can track
    the bodies or body in his sky in observer time or further time.
    2. General Pubic, (User) includes all Telescope and Sky Watcher,
    Astronomer, Navigators and anyone interested in studying the Celestial
    Sphere. (Easy setup will increase interest and telescope sale.)
    3. No reference needed, the base disk carries an eternal clock of the
    date, hour and minutes for the position of the First Point of Aries.
    You simply add to the time (month/day equable) for Aries, your desired
    observation time to set the stars and planets in your sky.  Planets
    must be mark in greased in from Almanac; my devise is direct, no
    4. The Star Finder was developed to teach Celestial Navigation and
    ASTRONMY and can graphically demonstrate all parts of the teaching.
    (Training Aid.)
    5. Other information and training available:
    a. Time of Sunrise/Sunset any position on earth.
    b. Initial Great Circle course and distance, between two positions.
    c. Time Zones and conversion between Local Mean Time and Greenwich
    Mean Time.
    Background, I have a history of Teaching, improving, developing, and
    simplifying difficult navigation problems using graphic solutions.
    Many are being presently taught in various schools and publications.
    Example America Practical Navigator NO9. See Glossary" Franklin."   I
    m a member of the Foundation for the Promotion of the art of
    Navigation, one of my goals is to encourage a younger and much greater
    amount of people Sky watcher \ and those using telescope that could
    not use the Rude, to be able to use this device. Other similar devises
    can only be used with an Almanac, formula and a well trained mature
    Navigator. I have an accurate workable prototype and DVD movies
    explaining parts and their use in solving problems also a CD with a
    Microsoft Power Point teaching parts and their use. They are available
    for inspection. (Patent Pending.)
    Upon marketing all other Star Finds, will all be obsolete including
    the Rude/2102D. If you find this interesting please get back to me.
    Also please send to anyone interested in this. Byron  I need help in
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