A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2020 Sep 15, 03:11 -0700
Do you miss the US Naval Observatory's nice, old-fashioned web page providing basic celestial navigation data? It was text-based, with an 80-character width, like something straight off a punched card. There are many alternatives. But it was a familiar tool with a frumpy, yet readable format. It died an early death last year when the USNO website was abruptly pulled offline to fix some security issues. That was real, I think. There were vulnerabilities. But most of us were amazed, flabbergasted, or at least amused when they told us the site would be down for six freaking months. And of course, pandemic or otherwise, that deadline came and went, and who knows when it will return. Time for some voodoo!
As I was working on the rebuild of my web apps for predicted lunar distances, clearing lunars, and nautical almanac data, I realized that I could also build a clone of the USNO web app in a relatively short time. So I did. It's done. I have tested it, and it works well. I've made no effort to improve on the USNO tool. That's a project for another day.
USNO web app clone at ReedNavigation.com.
Why build this? Strictly occult, infernal magic. We all know how this works: since I built this, the original USNO app is almost guaranteed to come back online within days, even hours! So think of it this way: I have jumped on the firecracker. I have taken the hit. And now the USNO web tools will come back online any day now... ;)
Clockwork Mapping / ReedNavigation.com
Conanicut Island USA
PS: All of the app links, listed above, point to my standard navigation website, ReedNavigation.com. Those links then redirect to secure (https) links at my primary website, clockwk.com. Bookmark either. They work the same way.