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    Celestial navigation in the Sahara desert
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2006 May 29, 03:53 -0500

    At the end of March and the beginning of April this year, I participated in
    an expedition into the Southern Sahara. We visited the Libyan Desert Glass
    area, saw rock engravings at the site of the legendary lost oasis of
    Zerzera, marvelled at cave paintings at Wadi Sora and the Foggini-Mestekawi
    cave in the Gilf Kebir, and examined the site of "The Largest Crater in the
    Great Sahara", whose discovery was announced at the beginning of March.

    All the while, I kept track of our travels using ded reckoning and fixed
    the position of our camp sites using celestial navigation. If you are
    interested in reading an account of this exercise in inland navigation
    using a bubble sextant, I have posted it to the Pisces Press website at

    There are a number of maps and photos, so even with broadband it will take
    a couple of minutes to download.

    Geoffrey Kolbe

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