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    Re: making your own almanac
    From: Andr� Jehaes
    Date: 2007 Jan 27, 07:01 -0800

    I have a full version of the Bowdwitch on computer files pdf types. 
    About 40 files and some of them are 1300 kb.
    Also, I developped a navigational computer program in Excel VBA : 
    astronomical / navigation etc...). The astronomical has a developped 
    almanach and the almanach is valid for at least 50 years.
    If you are interrested to receive the Bowdich or the program, please 
    give me your full email address.
    For the Bowdich, as the files are quiet large, I must send at least 20 
    email to avoid the saturation.
    Everything is free of charge.
    Best rgds
    On 9 jan, 02:35, FrankRee...---.com wrote:
    > "Can anyone on the list direct me to some (simple?) sources that  would
    > describe how one would go about making his or her own  almanac.   I just
    > finished reading a fictional biography of  Nathaniel Bowditch called
    > "carry on Mr Bowditch" that was written for young  adults in the 1950's.
    > The author has the 14 year old Bowditch "writing his  own almanac" .
    > Whether or not this actually happened, I am curious as to how  one would
    > approach this task."
    > Can you elaborate on which aspect of this interests you? Do you want to  know
    > how Bowditch and contemporaries might have assembled an almanac? Do you  want
    > to make your own almanac using semi-traditional methods? Do you want  to make
    > your own almanac using the best modern methods? Or something else  entirely.
    > By the way, the book "Carry on Mr. Bowditch" is a great read but it  contains
    > numerous factual inaccuracies. Most importantly, the whole "eureka"  moment
    > about lunars and measuring three stars and all that and the very idea  that
    > Bowditch somehow revolutionized the lunar distance method is just plain  hogwash
    > (she was repeating and then magnifying a common mis-statement). That  said,
    > yes, it's true that young Bowditch made his own almanac. But this is  partly a
    > game of smoke and mirrors. Tools were available in the era that would  enable
    > any industrious person to publish his or her own almanac localized for  the
    > observer's location. A comparable modern task would be porting an  open-source
    > software product to a new platform. It looks difficult if you don't  know
    > anything about it. You can imagine a teen today being declared a  genius for porting
    > a piece of software to his cell phone --if the people seeing  the result know
    > nothing about software development. Yes, it's a nice  project that requires
    > attention and hard work but no more than  that. Creating his own almanac in
    > Bowditch's era shows, above all, the  creative power of innocence. Bowditch
    > didn't know that he was too young  to make his own almanac by any reasonable
    > measure, so he did it  anyway.
    > Finally, if you would like to read a real biography of Nathaniel Bowditch,  
    > get a copy of "Yankee Stargazer" by Berry. It's good. There are several others,
    >  all fairly bad.
    > -FER
    > 42.0N  87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
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