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    Re: Stars and planets to the west at Evening Twilight
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2012 Jul 22, 18:59 -0700

    Hi Bruce

    May I suggest the 2102-D.  Once you learn how to use it, the 57 navigational stars will be a simple matter.

    Some on this list view it as a low precision device.  Its not accurate enough to preset your sextant, but it does serve to locate the brightest stars (the 57 navigational stars).

    Take it from Byron Franklin, the US Navy thought this a very useful tool.   In this, I also agree.

    Best Regards
    Brad Morris

    On Jul 22, 2012 9:49 PM, "Bruce J. Pennino" <bpennino.ce@charter.net> wrote:

    I'm an improving CN beginner at about 42N 70 W and starting to take star sights facing east on Cape Cod. I also can face west looking over Cape Cod Bay. Good views except to NNW and south. I amazed myself the other night and sighted Polaris with 1 NM error.Did it a second night to prove not a fluke. A fellow in parking lot pointed out northern cross, summer triangle, Vega, Deneb and Altair. All easily used and got a reasonable fix.

    Went out last night and not many early stars to see to the SSW and west. The Naval Oceanography Portal is very helpful, but which stars come out first? My goal is learn a few very bright stars in each season. Alkaid is easily seen, but night has fallen? To the west,there were three stars in a curving upward arc; Denebola ,Mars and Saturn? Arcturus ? Still trying to make sense of LMT of Meridian Passage etc. Antares is pretty low?

    Thanks,
    Bruce P
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