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    Re: hiding stars
    From: Byron Franklin
    Date: 2010 Nov 4, 12:06 -0700


    One of the reasons that I join the Journal of navigation, and later Navlist, among other navigation forums, was to try and keep navigation, especially celestial Navigation alive. Navlist is important to me because I think that Navlist is striving to teach, talk, write about and help keep celestial navigation alive, (it seems to be a losing battle.)I realize that they are many ways to easily get bearings and altitude of stars, but these are the black boxes that the answer comes from; the answer is quick and just there. There is no thought it just comes with no insight or knowledge, there is no way to understand if it is even correct, It is a great check on your work , but you are certainly not the master; the equipment is, right or wrong. I recently started a class with only a few interested, I think because of the time 1 PM in the afternoon. I have been able to get a few people interested in my Celestial training aid “STAR FINDER “for celestial navigation, but this also is few in number. I am still under the opinion that my training aid, two minute star finder, can help bridge gap between, who cares! and a real interest in the star finding and celestial navigation. As I have said before I have a PowerPoint presentation about the many things my two minutes star finder can perform, which I would like to introduce various sections of this presentation to try to spark interest in others and what can be done using this star find, unlike the 2102-D star finder. This presentation is how to setup the two minutes star finder prior to working on the sight form. Since the star finder is quick and easy to set up ,the person working the star finder and sight form (especially a NOVELIST) can easily see each step of the sight form, and catch any error while working the sight form. I believe by working the sight form and observing the setup on the two minutes star finder is a way to teach and create more interest while making everything easier to understand. BYRON

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