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    Re: Calculating accurate apparent-angles between stars
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2003 Jan 6, 22:36 -0500

    George,
    
    My understanding is that the method you presented at the head of this
    thread computes an expected observed interstellar distance given a
    known position and time.  This is somewhat the inverse of computing a
    time from an observed interstellar distance.  My understanding is
    that Borda's, Young's and Bruce Stark's methods address the latter
    question.  In referring to those procedures, I was merely expanding
    upon your statement that "Unfortunately, doing the reverse
    calculation, to discover the time and the longitude from a lunar
    distance, is somewhat more difficult," and implying that they are not
    appropriate to the "apparent-angle between stars" problem.
    
    I must reiterate that I am a complete neophyte in these matters and
    must perforce bow to your thorough knowledge and experience.  I was
    merely comparing the numerical result from Young's method to that of
    Stark, and the inputs.  I was assuming since both methods addressed
    the problem of clearing an observed lunar distance of the effects of
    refraction, parallax, semidiameter, augmentation, etc, they would be
    methods for solving similar spherical triangles.  I know not whether
    this assumption is correct.  The purpose of the comparison was to
    extend my understanding of the procedures.
    
    Fred
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