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    Re: Primer of Navigation - Mixter
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2013 Feb 14, 08:32 -0800

    Bruce, you wrote:
    "I'm thinking an edition some time in the 1950s, or even the early 1960s, when rapid development was occurring, but hopefully the book was not totally rewritten. I like the style."

    I do love Mixter's writing style and his approach to the subject. Does anyone know when he died, or when he passed the book on to a successor? Does anyone have a later edition with a second author listed or maybe a preface explaining that it's Mixter in spirit, but a new editor in fact?

    As far as it goes, Bruce, the later modern tables are actually relatively self-explanatory. And if you master the principles of the intercept method from Mixter, you can easily translate to modern tables. One option that you can still find is Susan P. Howell's "Practical Celestial Navigation", first published in the Spring of 1979 (amazon says 1970, which is wrong). This was written by Sue Howell for the full-length navigation classes formerly taught at the Planetarium at Mystic Seaport, and it was the first navigation textbook that I learned from (pre-print edition in 1978). I worked with Sue occasionally back then. She was later lost in the sinking of the sail-training vessel Marques in 1984. Her book does not cover 249 and instead focuses on 229. You should also get a copy of John Karl's "Celestial Navigation in the GPS Age" which covers many topics and leans heavily on calculator solutions. The latter is available from celestaire.com, and I have also found it at Barnes & Noble near Newport.

    -FER


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