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    Re: Sextant sales; was: Role of CN at sea, was Re: Averaging sights ...
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2004 Oct 15, 19:15 +0100

    Bill wrote
    >2. Honoring the "Notices about electronic navigation are acceptable, but
    >prolonged discussions should be taken off line" rules of our host, I would
    >quickly query as to how many currently practicing cel nav folks are
    >replacing a hard copy with a dedicated hand held, a programmable calculator,
    >or a program for their computer(s)?
    In practice, Nav-l seems to be rather broader church than Bill implies, so
    it would be a pity for the wrong impression to spread.
    It's really up to our kind host, Dan, and not to me, to clarify what the
    rules are (and I hope he will). He steers us with a very light touch on the
    tiller. In several years with this list it seems that it's really stuff
    about radionavigation techniques (mostly GPS, of course) that's
    discouraged, for good reasons. I don't remember seeing any objection to
    discussion of computation and calculators, aboard or ashore, and similarly
    to other navigation techniques that rely heavily on electronics, such as
    fluxgate compasses and self-steering.
    Indeed, we have had several prolonged and satisfying discussions about such
    topics, without any objections being raised, by Dan or anyone else. I hope
    it will stay that way.
    So I hope that Bill, and anyone else, can feel free to discuss the
    legitimate topic of whether their celestial positions should be drawn from
    an almanac or computed, in some way, on board.
    contact George Huxtable by email at george---.u-net.com, by phone at
    01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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