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    Re: More on the QM2
    From: Alan S
    Date: 2013 Nov 17, 20:12 -0800

    Nial:

    I guess the conditions you described would "discourage" one from using a sextant on the QM2.

    As to the rest of it, I have not had the opportunity to shoot anything from a small boat, I tend to get sea sick anyhow. Otherwise, as has been mentioned by others here, celestial navigation, these days, is or seems to be more and more a thing of the past. Still, nothing better being available, electronics having gone "tits up", it still has the same accuracy potential that it always had.

    For myself, my efforts amount to shooting such bodies as can be observed from the beach, or via an artificial horizon. It remains, for me, an interesting intellectual exercise. Should we arrive at the day when use of the marine sextant has become a lost skill, the virtues of electronics notwithstanding, I believe that we will have arrived as a sad juncture, the fact that buggy whips are no longer made aside.
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