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    Re: Calculating accurate apparent-angles between stars
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2003 Jan 8, 00:29 +0000

    Fred Hebard asked, about Bruce Stark's Lunar Tables-
    >I wonder whether you and Bruce could share your correspondence on his
    >method with the group.
    Reply from George-
    Well, our private correspondence covered those very questions that Bruce
    has just elucidated to the list, so I doubt it would add much more than he
    has just done.
    If there is more to add, I think it's up to Bruce to decide to provide it,
    or not. Many subscribers to this list, and owners of Bruce's tables, would
    value a full account of the thinking that went into their clever
    construction. We modern lunartics differ, I suggest, from old-time
    mariners: in general they would have been content with any tool that gave
    the right answers, whether or not they understood how it worked. I would
    like to think that most of us are driven by a greater degree of
    intellectual curiosity, and feel that we need to know what's going on.
    I hope Bruce can be persuaded to write an appendix to his lunar tables
    which explains their internal working. Will he take the hint? It's up to
    George Huxtable.

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