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    Re: Sextant accuracies
    From: George Istok
    Date: 2003 Mar 17, 15:24 -0500

    Accuracy seems to be in the eye of the beholder.  What about the required
    level of accuracy and the best method to use to determine your position.
    
    In the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles from anything, an error of
    five nautical miles seems insignificant.  Close to shore, even one tenth of
    a mile is significant.  Is the sextant an "off shore" device that should be
    used only when high accuracy is not required?  A what point does one switch
    from off shore to near shore navigation devices?
    
    I'd like to think that my own interest in celestial navigation is something
    other than a hobby studying out-of-date technology.  Is there a practical
    side to celestial navigation and the sextant that is similar to practical
    coastal navigation?
    
    George Istok
    Senior Consultant
    Signal Hill Consultants, Inc.
    
    
    

       
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