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Old 11-02-2010, 03:43 AM   #1
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Just had an apiphany that I should have had a long time ago... it's probably common knowledge but no one ever told me, so I figure it's good to put it out for anyone else who's missed the obvious...

Was poking around to see if the 2011 Nautical Almanac, Commercial Edition is out... it's not... and when it does come out it will cost $25+...

Then it dawned on me... I don't need the 2011 Almanac, the 2007 one is exactly the same (as far as the sun is concerned)... duh, the suns declination is on a 4 year cycle. So I just ordered the 2007, and 2008 Almanacs for $3 each, which gives me the whole four year cycle...

So, the "Only 4 books you'll ever need" are any four consecutive Commercial Edition Nautical Almanacs!

I'm sure this is a "duh" post to some but I know quite a few people that buy a new almanac every year... if you want the moon and stars fine.. the moon is on a 18.6 year cycle so no quick fix there... but if you really just use the sun and pole star, as I do, don't buy any more new ones... just get 4 old ones and your all set...
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just get 4 old ones and you're all set...
You have just explained a mystery to me. Our boat came with 4 (really old) old ones (like from the late 60's as I recall) and I was trying to figure out why the owner would save them vs newer ones and why he didn't have newer ones aboard. He didn't buy the boat until the early 80's...

Unfortunately, we pitched the old almanacs.

I am hoping that I can just download (for free or cheap) an electronic version. Seems like it should be out there.

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You have just explained a mystery to me. Our boat came with 4 (really old) old ones (like from the late 60's as I recall) and I was trying to figure out why the owner would save them vs newer ones and why he didn't have newer ones aboard. He didn't buy the boat until the early 80's...

Unfortunately, we pitched the old almanacs.

I am hoping that I can just download (for free or cheap) an electronic version. Seems like it should be out there.

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Just had an apiphany that I should have had a long time ago... it's probably common knowledge but no one ever told me, so I figure it's good to put it out for anyone else who's missed the obvious...

Was poking around to see if the 2011 Nautical Almanac, Commercial Edition is out... it's not... and when it does come out it will cost $25+...

Then it dawned on me... I don't need the 2011 Almanac, the 2007 one is exactly the same (as far as the sun is concerned)... duh, the suns declination is on a 4 year cycle. So I just ordered the 2007, and 2008 Almanacs for $3 each, which gives me the whole four year cycle...

So, the "Only 4 books you'll ever need" are any four consecutive Commercial Edition Nautical Almanacs!

I'm sure this is a "duh" post to some but I know quite a few people that buy a new almanac every year... if you want the moon and stars fine.. the moon is on a 18.6 year cycle so no quick fix there... but if you really just use the sun and pole star, as I do, don't buy any more new ones... just get 4 old ones and your all set...
Funny, I was chatting to a friend two days ago who informed me that that is EXACTLY what he used to do
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