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    Re: Which Method do you prefer using and why.
    From: John Brown
    Date: 2013 Apr 5, 01:46 -0700

    I like Burton's 4-figure tables and the versine formula - also the compact version of these in Reed's Astro Navigation Tables. With a good pro forma this method is fast and simple.

    I also like Mike Pepperday's S Table, which is compact, only nine A5 size pages, plus a very good explanation in the introduction. The pro forma can also be conveniently used to record calculator steps.

    I find my TI-30XA calculator really easy to use, but if I am feeling lazy I fire up Starpilot on my TI-89.

    I agree with all the criticisms of the NAO 'short' method. I find it hard to believe that any navigator has used this in preference to the many alternatives.

    Regards

    John


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