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    Re: The ultimate celestial navigation time piece
    From: Tom Sult
    Date: 2017 Feb 24, 10:18 -0600

    Are you saying 2 or two brands. If it is the latter I suspect many of us are interested in that. At least I am. 

    Tom Sult, MD
    Author: JUST BE WELL (goo.gl/jUbWIX)

    On Feb 23, 2017, at 22:28, Francis Upchurch <NoReply_Upchurch@fer3.com> wrote:

    For the eccentric minority who like to use mechanical, non electronic time pieces, I have details on 2 affordable (under $100), automatic, modern build watches with regular, chronometer type  going rates.
    Please use private email and I can send more details.
    Best wishes
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    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of Tony Oz
    Sent: 23 February 2017 23:14
    To: francisupchurch---.com
    Subject: [NavList] Re: The ultimate celestial navigation time piece
    As Frank has correctly guessed about me being a technophobe (to some extent) - I'm trying to avoid everything electric/electronic/modern. More so - in the field of Emergency Navigation.
    I'm modelling a replacement handle - a grip rather - for my sextant. This grip is thought to be a thick roundish plastic board (approx the size of ping-pong bat) with holes for all five fingers separated around the central area, where a split-system stop-watch (mechanical, of course!) will sit - face to the palm. An index finger will be aligned at the split/resume button.
    I intend to do it like this:
      -- with some reference watch I am to start the stop-watch at a full minute of UTC;
      -- to write down that time in a log-book;
      -- to shoot a sight and press the split/resume button freesing one of the stop-watch arms - to be able to write down the stop-watch readings without any hurry - along with the sextant's reading;
      -- having the angle and time interval readings properly recorded - to press the split/resume button again (preparing the stop-watch for the next sight) and proceed with the sighting as described in the previous step;
      -- when finished with all the sights - to use the reference watch to stop the stop-watch on some full minute of UTC;
      -- to write down that reference watch readings;
      -- to use the recorded stop-watch intervals to place the sextant readings on the UTC time-scale accordingly.
    I guess this is how it is/was done by serious navigators.
    The only question remains - where a techophobe gets a reliable mechanical "reference watch" (for little money, I mean)?
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