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    Sextant in the news
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2007 May 30, 06:46 -0400

    As I've mentioned a few times before, I have a news search set up that looks
    for stories with the word "sextant" and the phrase "celestial navigation".
    There hasn't been anything interesting in a few months. Today there's a
    story in "The Vancouver Sun" that has some comments which sound familiar.
    
    We were talking a while back about getting funny looks from people who see
    us using sextants. Here's a new twist:
     "Dominique Prinet sits atop the rocks at Wreck Beach holding his sextant,
    and hoping that nudists just now setting blankets on the shoreline don't
    mistake it for a video camera."
    
    Hey, you, stop measuring our angular diameters!
    
    The article continues:
     "As someone who still knows how to use a sextant in connection with time,
    Prinet considers himself something of a museum piece. He's even certified by
    the Canadian Yachting Association to teach the subject, on those occasions
    he can scare up a student.
    'There is absolutely no interest in it. People just use GPS (the global
    position system, employing satellites to accurate determine position). You
    don't get seasick making hours of calculations.' "
    
    You can read the rest here:
    http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=ce11f0f5
     -513c-47d7-85f4-45d0c1a97865
    
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