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    Re: Navigation journals on CD?
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Oct 11, 18:07 -0700

    Thanks for the info, George!
    
    You wrote:
    "Near the foot of that page is the reference to the CD with over 270 papers 
    relevant to celestial navigation, carefully selected by David Burch. This is 
    NOT the "complete historical run" that Frank requests, but comprises all 
    papers that are likely to interest Navlist members."
    
    Aha. That's a useful detail. In case anyone's wondering, I have avoided these 
    little "journals" in recent years, but I discovered last week when I was in 
    Mystic that, as it turns out, I used to read "Navigation" regularly thirty 
    years ago. I dimly recalled a number of articles, including one that first 
    got me interested in lunars (and led me to shoot some lunars way back in 
    1979), but I had no memory of the publication itself. I remembered it only as 
    some 'interesting magazine with articles on navigation'. These were the 
    private collection of one of the volunteers at Mystic Seaport. He used to 
    bring them in and leave them in the office where I would browse them on quiet 
    winter weekends. He donated them to the planetarium long ago when he died, 
    and they have been sitting in the attic just collecting dust since then. I've 
    borrowed a few (I probably read no more than five issues back then), and I've 
    been having a grand old time reading articles which I read so long ago. 
    There's one issue from the summer of 1978 devoted to the then-new GPS system. 
    At the time, of course, I had no idea at all how revolutionary it was, and 
    most of the articles were incomprehensible. I was just a 15-year-old kid at 
    that time taking my first class in celestial navigation... I have to return 
    the original volumes, of course. Hence my interest in getting a digital 
    collection.
    
    Of the British journal on CD, you wrote:
    "I can't find any information about it on their website, but presume 
    that it's still available."
    
    I wonder if it might be a 'members-only' item. Are you a member?
    
    You noted,
    "...my wife bought it for my birthday few years ago..."
    
    That's great. Glad to see you followed through on your plan! (..two years ago, 
    you had written, " that cost has put me off, though I know there's a wealth 
    of stuff out there I would enjoy reading. Perhaps I'll drop some hints, 
    nearer my birthday.")
    
    Again, thanks for the info.
    
    -FER
    
    
    
    
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