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06-06-2012 10:49 AM
TQA
Re: Where's Your Sextant?

In it's locker with tables and SR forms. Hope I don't have to use them for real!
06-06-2012 10:36 AM
sneuman
Re: Where's Your Sextant?

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Originally Posted by wingNwing View Post
Um, I found a cast-off sextant in the dumpster (!!!!) a few years ago. I learned to use it, and studied the math because I found the solution mathematically elegant (I'm a geek, what can I say?) But when I travel, I use my GPS.

What can I say? I'm also using the internet, and not a carrier pigeon or a message in a bottle, to communicate my answer to your question.
Sounds like me. Long live the Geeks!
06-05-2012 06:15 PM
wingNwing
Re: Where's Your Sextant?

Um, I found a cast-off sextant in the dumpster (!!!!) a few years ago. I learned to use it, and studied the math because I found the solution mathematically elegant (I'm a geek, what can I say?) But when I travel, I use my GPS.

What can I say? I'm also using the internet, and not a carrier pigeon or a message in a bottle, to communicate my answer to your question.
06-05-2012 05:45 PM
Captainmeme
Re: Where's Your Sextant?

In a cardboard box in the closet in the basement. The RDF is on my work bench since it functions as an AM radio. Actually used the RDF on the way to Fort Jefferson. I do have a certificate of sight reduction using the sun's lower limb. That class was 15 years ago. Dam time flies.
06-05-2012 04:35 PM
SlowButSteady
Re: Where's Your Sextant?

I pulled it out of storage so I can use it's filters to watch the transit of Venus today .
06-05-2012 04:02 PM
CaptainForce
Re: Where's Your Sextant?

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................ I am advocating that everyone out there ought to have a reasonable handle on coastal navigation techniques. I'm also a firm believer that knowledge for the sake of knowing is a good thing and therefore learning celestial is a rewarding endeavor in and of itself. Nothing more.
Yes, I'm still with you and I think most would agree that the knowledge is best, but you can't "rule out" ignorance.
06-05-2012 03:07 PM
sneuman
Re: Where's Your Sextant?

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We continue to see people with high tech chart plotters aground on the wrong side of clearly present channel markers. So, I'll stand with you in recognizing the problem. So, what is this other answer that you are proposing when you suggest that, "technology (at the expense of actually knowing something) is not the only answer." Are you advocating a restrictive test to allow someone to operate a boat? What answer do you have in mind? I'm sure you don't mean that people should be required to learn how to use a sextant before they are allowed to use a GPS. What's the other answer?
Nope, I'm not advocating any such policies. I was only lamenting that the lack of any barrier to entry was increasing the percentage of idiots and suggesting therefore that such barriers have their benefits. If I'm advocating anything, I am advocating that everyone out there ought to have a reasonable handle on coastal navigation techniques. I'm also a firm believer that knowledge for the sake of knowing is a good thing and therefore learning celestial is a rewarding endeavor in and of itself. Nothing more.
06-05-2012 03:06 PM
jrd22
Re: Where's Your Sextant?

In the garage somewhere, at least that's my last recollection.
06-05-2012 03:00 PM
CaptainForce
Re: Where's Your Sextant?

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I'm not suggesting holding back technology. I am suggesting that technology (at the expense of actually knowing something) is not the only answer.
We continue to see people with high tech chart plotters aground on the wrong side of clearly present channel markers. So, I'll stand with you in recognizing the problem. So, what is this other answer that you are proposing when you suggest that, "technology (at the expense of actually knowing something) is not the only answer." Are you advocating a restrictive test to allow someone to operate a boat? What answer do you have in mind? I'm sure you don't mean that people should be required to learn how to use a sextant before they are allowed to use a GPS. What's the other answer?
06-05-2012 02:10 PM
sneuman
Re: Where's Your Sextant?

I'm not suggesting holding back technology. I am suggesting that technology (at the expense of actually knowing something) is not the only answer.
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