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    Re: Angular Distance Between Stars By Camera and Sextant
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2012 Sep 18, 14:57 -0400


    The USNO issues "The Astronomical Almanac"  US Gov't Printing Office.  My last copy was from 2009.

    Alkaid (Bayer 85 Eta Ursae Majoris SAO 44752 HIP 67301) in that 2009 Astromonical Almanac as RA 13 hours 47 minutes 54.9 seconds Declination +49 degrees 15 minutes 58 seconds.

    Alioth (Bayer 77 Epsilon Ursae Majoris SAO 28553 HIP 62956) in that 2009 Astronomical Almanac as RA 12 hours 54 minutes 26.7 seconds Declination +55 degrees 54 minutes 30 seconds.

    You estimated that we would need data to 1/100 moa (minute of arc) in order to properly calibrate the arc.  Do these values meet your criteria? 

    Kind Regards

    On Sep 18, 2012 2:39 PM, "Brad Morris" <bradley.r.morris@gmail.com> wrote:

    That was my understanding as well. 

    Andres - Do you set this term to zero (0) for the iteration?


    On Sep 18, 2012 2:36 PM, "Greg Rudzinski" <gregrudzinski@yahoo.com> wrote:


    You are correct that dip is of no interest for star to star distance. A calculated Hc to the nearest minute is more than good enough to figure refraction corrections. Where dip comes into play is in star to Moon distance when observed altitudes are taken from the natural horizon. Apples and oranges.

    Greg Rudzinski

    [NavList] Re: Angular Distance Between Stars By Camera and Sextant
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 18 Sep 2012 13:48
    If I am measuring star-to-star distances, then I fail to understand how dip of the horizon is important

    Shouldn't the calculated altitude of the two objects be sufficient to determine the refraction?

    Dip would be part of reducing the measured altitude, no?

    Best Regards

    On Sep 18, 2012 1:04 PM, "Marcel Tschudin" <marcel.e.tschudin---com> wrote:
    Andrés, you clarified

    On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM, Andres Ruiz <navigationalalgorithms---com> wrote:

    Hc = Hc( B, L, Dec, GHA )
    Z = Z( B, Dec, Hc, LHA( L, GHA ) );
    iterate to find Hs ( Hc = Ho = Hs + IE - dip - R )
    Ha = Hs + IE - dip;
    R = Refraccion( Ha, T, P );

    Ok, yes, I completely forgot that your program is for verifying sextant observations and does therefore more than just calculating the difference in star coordinates. However, since both star positions contain the same dip this should have no influence on the calculated star distance. The difference of 0.4 moa still waits to be understood.


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