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    Re: Sextant and iPhone on the QM2
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2013 Nov 15, 15:24 -0800

    Alan, you wrote:
    "If you choose to describe celestial navigation as "obsolete nonsense", your call."

    Hey, I didn't call it that. I was quoting Nial McInerney. :) Of course, he was probably saying it partly in jest --describing how it must have seemed to those professional mariners aboard the QM2. I do agree that it's obsolete, at least for a vessel like that. It has no place whatsoever on a vessel like that. But of course a subject does not become "nonsense" just for being obsolete. And aboard many vessels, it's still an intriguing option for navigation even if its practical value is small.

    And you wrote:
    "Strikes me, notwithstanding the availability of other approaches and methods that, as you also noted, "it can still be fascinating science --and good fun". It can serve, respecting ones input, as a worthwhile intellectual exercise too, that being simply my call."

    Yes, I agree. But let's be clear: if it's just "good fun" or an "intellectual exercise" then it is no longer navigation, in the literal sense.


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