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    Re: An exotic lunar distance puzzle
    From: David Fleming
    Date: 2011 May 4, 08:14 -0700

    From the photo, moon =1/2deg diameter, estimate lunar distance for jupiter at 12d 24m. (ignoring frank's caution about lens distortion as I want some estimate before trying to identify stars). This puts the photo time as GMT 2h 6m March 6 2011.

    Star identifications:

    Bottom left corner of photo: Uranus @ 23h 59m 54s RA 0d 46m 28s S Dec

    12 oclock 10 moon dia: 28 Piscinium @ 23hr 59m 53s RA 6d 55m 30s N Dec

    3 oclock 10 moon dia.: 17 Piscinium @ 23h 40m 31s RA 5d 41m 12s N Dec

    7 oclock 2 moon dia.: 19 Piscinium @ 23h 46m 58s RA 3d 32m 56s N Dec

    11 oclock 1 moon dia.: SAO 128425 @ 23h 52m 28s RA 4d 48m 27s N Dec

    From matching planetarium view at surface of earth guessing position at:
    110W 45N probably within 15 degrees.

    Need yet to refine lunar distance for nearby star to check time and complete sight reductions. Still suspect accuracy will be compromised as we have large zenith distance and not great range of azimuths.

    Dave Fleming
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