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    Re: The Rude Star Finder and teaching stars
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2010 Nov 07, 00:43 -0700

    On 11/7/2010 12:07 AM, Frank Reed wrote:
    > One can certainly learn to find the stars without it. On the other
    > hand, for navigators dropped down in the middle of an unfamiliar ocean
    > at an unfamiliar time of the year, it sure was useful! It's not hard
    > to imagine how dramatically important this was in the Pacific War in
    > the 1940s. Imagine being assigned to a new navigation posting near the
    > equator in the Pacific when you've never seen anything but the sky
    > from, let's say, Chicago before.
    You got that right. The first time I chartered in French Polenesia
    involved seeing constelations standing upside down compared to how I had
    seen them from Chicago and I hadn't brought my 2102-D with me. It would
    have been different had I sailed from the U.S. which would have allowed
    me to get used to the gradual changes as I sailed south but when you get
    off the plane in Tahiti it's a done deal and the sky has changed.  But
    eventually you figure it out.
    Frank, maybe you know the answer to this question. The case for my
    2102-D is marked 2101-D, was there a model with that name and what were
    the differences?

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