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    Re: Self Taught Celestial
    From: Bruce J. Pennino
    Date: 2013 Feb 28, 11:36 -0500
    I really agree that the USNO  web site is outstanding (celestial navigation sub section).  It is particularly helpful if you are landlocked and using a mirror artificial horizon. You can pick a  convenient local time for your star sight, "plug " it in, and get true Z and altitude of the brighest stars. Helps you find the correct star.  An inexpensive rotating star chart is also fun.....cost is $ 10-15 at many science stores, museums etc.  Of course it is better to precompute using the tables,etc, but the USNO allows you to check/verify your hand calculations.   It speeds the learning! 
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    Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:04 AM
    Subject: [NavList 22525] Re: Self Taught Celestial

    Until you get the sight reduction process down it is very worthwhile to use the USNO sight reduction web site. Just get more sights for proactice and reduce them there quickly to see how you are doing. It is the United States Naval Observatory site. Have fun.
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