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    Re: first point of Aries
    From: John Doe
    Date: 2012 Mar 21, 09:19 -0700

    I have decided that there is nothing wrong with my computations and
    am satisfied that I can use the data from a program called pyephem
    to generate almanac data including the right ascension of fpAries.
    Thanks to all that mentioned stellarium which I have used in the past but
    didn't investigate it thoroughly.  I have not tried the navigational stars addon
    as yet but hope to soon.
    As I omitted personal details earlier, my name is Patrick S. and I
    live in Oxnard, California.
    The nearest harbour is Channel Islands and I have a small open rowboat
    with sail rig
    for recreation.
    My interest in celestial navigation is mostly around almanac data and
    ways to generate
    details like right ascension, decl  on my computer which is a unix
    based linux system.
    Currently I am using an addon to python called pyephem which seems to
    be quite good.   I have used another program called xephem for awhile and it
    has a function something like stellarium as well as a table of almanac data.
    The unix community is really coming along.  There is a fine chart viewer called
    opencpn and a weather forecasting program called zgrib.

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