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    Re: The "big" sextant manufactures
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2007 Nov 04, 21:53 -0500

    Ken Gebhart, you 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.  For the same reason people want to sail (it's not
    quick, and it's not cheap), they seem eager to adopt celestial into their
    list of things they want to do and understand. "
    If I do something because it's "cool", isn't that a hobby? I suppose the
    problem is that the word "hobby" is a little down-market and trivializing.
    So what's a better word? Intellectual sport, maybe?
    By the way, I've known more than a few people who've taken up an interest in
    celestial navigation because they think sextants are cool. But when they
    discover that the sextant part is over in five minutes and the rest is
    boring math, they quickly realize that it's quite the opposite of "cool".
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