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    Re: The "big" sextant manufactures
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2007 Oct 30, 10:32 -0400

    
    On Mon, 29 Oct 2007, Ken Gebhart wrote:
    
    > I would like to state from my perspective that
    > celestial navigation
    > is surprising healthy today, and not as a hobby,
    > and not as a back-
    > up, but as a "cool" thing to do.
    
    I do not believe in "back up" value of celestial
    navigation. But I agree with what Ken says.
    Consider the watch industry.
    After the invention of quartz watch, many people thought
    that it will become extinct.
    Indeed, if your goal is to measure time precisely,
    and have many features at low cost, nothing can beat
    a $25 Casio watch. Still people pay big bucks for
    advanced mechanical watches, (and even for
    chronometers!). Because it is "cool".
    Of course, some minimum number of enthusiasts is necessary
    to support production...
    
    Alex.
    
    
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