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    Re: A different type of heavenly body
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2018 Oct 10, 12:16 -0400
    Ha!  

    As CN falls further into obscurity, even our common words are becoming antiquated.  A "sextant"?  What's that?

    Even the objects themselves are becoming foreign.  How many of us have taken an observation, only to be asked by a member of the public, "What's that thing you are holding?"

    Funny story.  As I was exercising the dip measurement with the circle of reflection, I was standing on a very narrow point of land and I just happened to be facing Plum Island.  Plum Island is a tight restricted US Government disease research facility.  As I was measuring the dip, I was approached by a dark SUV and out hopped two formally dressed individuals (government officials, most obviously). They asked me what I was holding.  "A circle of reflection" I confidently replied.  From the puzzled expressions, I clarified "Its a rare form of a sextant", and that's when I knew my day wasn't going to be as fun as I thought!  

    On Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 2:29 AM Don Seltzer <NoReply_Seltzer@fer3.com> wrote:
    Passing on from another forum.

    Don Seltzer

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