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    Nautical Almanac copyright
    From: Jeremy C
    Date: 2011 Feb 7, 10:09 -0500
    I have a copy of the official USNO Nautical almanac here on the ship.  It is the orange hardcover version.  It is obviously mostly British in origin because of the spelling of certain words and the following note on the first page "the following United States government work is excepted from the above notice... cover, title page and reverse, Preface, pages 6 and 7, pages 286 to 317."
     
    So what does this include?  Well pages 6 & 7 are the eclipse pages.  The block between 286 and 317 are the concise sight reduction tables that are included in the NA.  Are these pages omitted from the British version?  If so, not a big loss for most users.
     
    Also puzzling is the fact that the Preface allows anyone to apply in witting to reproduce the data in any language and then it goes on to say that many governments do this for their navies.  Does this mean that the format is what they are worried about?
     
    I also find it funny that Frank points out that the arrangement of the stars is copyrighted.  I don't see anything special or unique about the alphabetical list of the main navigational stars or the grouping of all of the listed stars by ascending SHA. 
     
    Jeremy
     
       
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