A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Bill Noyce
Date: 2016 Dec 5, 11:41 -0800
> Then I noted Norton's comment about taking sights of Canopus and Sirius and working them as ex-Meridians. This was at 5 30pm which assume is local time. In 1914 NZ was 11 1/2 hours ahead of GMT so LAN would have been sometime between 1200 and 1230 local time. Did Captain Norton really do two ex-meridians five hours after LAN?
Surely what matters is not the time since noon (when the sun was on the meridian), but the time since Sirius and Canopus were on the meridian. I don't see a date in the report, but a modern almanac shows Sirius with SHA=258d32' and Canopus with SHA=263d55' -- not too far apart. I think if the voyage was in mid-October, both would be near the meridian at 5:30 PM local time...