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    Silicon Beach Proposal
    From: Gary Harkins
    Date: 2004 Feb 22, 11:51 EST
    In a message dated 2/21/2004 11:54:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, jim2@jimthompson.net writes:
    Renee -- those are exactly the kinds of sights we are looking for.  Feel
    free to send a couple along and I'll post them, with credits.
    I assume that you are only interested in sights for the current year, since many of us pitch last years Nautical Almanac.  However I do have, if you are interested, a series of sun sights taken on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in 2002.  I have kept them because I have been using them to compare many of the different sight reduction methods.  I am trying to decide which of the tabular methods I want to use as a backup method for my scientific calculator, which is my preferred method.  As of now I think that I would use Ageton's as my preferred method aboard ship if my calculator were to fail.  I would also put a copy of the S Tables, an abbreviated version of Ageton's, in an abandon ship bag.  I like to use my DR position as my AP.  Ageton's, as far as I have been able to determine, is the only tabular method that allows this.
    I will also be taking many more sights this summer to complete my sight folder for my N certificate from the USPS.  These sights will be: two body fixes, three body fixes, meridian transit, latitude by Polaris and others.  I am currently self-studying this course and acting as mentor for others doing the same.  If your project takes wings I will be glad to contribute any of my sights and I'm sure that the others studying with me will be glad to do the same.
    Gary Harkins C400 #140 "Cygnus"
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