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    Re: Nautical Almanac clarification
    From: Greg R_
    Date: 2007 Mar 9, 13:23 -0800
    Hi Gary:
     
    Welcome to the world of celnav, and welcome to the NavList.
     
    > In the nautical almanac there are numbers in the column headings next
    > to Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.  For instance for today they are
    > -3.9, +1.2, -2.1, +0.1 respectively.  I have not found an explanation
    > for what these numbers are for.  Can anyone help me out?  Thanks
     
    Those are magnitude (i.e. "brightness") values for the planets. Larger numbers = fainter objects, while smaller numbers = brighter (with Venus and Jupiter literally being "off the scale" at -3.9 and -2.1). You should find similar entries for the "Selected Stars" on the yellow bookmark page.
     
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    GregR
     
     
     
    ----- Original Message -----
    To: "NavList" <NavList@fer3.com>
    Sent: Friday, March 09, 2007 12:44 PM
    Subject: [NavList 2266] Nautical Almanac clarification

    >
    > Having just started celestial I have greatly enjoyed what I have
    > learned so far.  It is extremely enjoyable to take sights, reduce them
    > and actually end up where you know you are.  This summer I will
    > actually get to use this tool on blue water which should be a lot of
    > fun.
    >
    > In the nautical almanac there are numbers in the column headings next
    > to Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.  For instance for today they are
    > -3.9, +1.2, -2.1, +0.1 respectively.  I have not found an explanation
    > for what these numbers are for.  Can anyone help me out?  Thanks
    >
    >
    >
    >

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