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    Re: Celestial Navigation without a sextant.
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Mar 10, 21:21 -0400

    Jim writes:
    "In his chapter "Celestial Navigation Without a Sextant" he has a worked
    example using the sun as it sets which he claims "the LOP produced agreed
    exactly with the distance run since a fix made earlier by advancing sun
    Sometimes ya get lucky! It might be fun to try this ten days in a row and
    see how well it works on average.
    "I haven't tried this type of sight myself but was always a little curious
    to try it."
    Supposedly, Nathaniel Bowditch himself experimented with these sextant-free
    sights on his first ocean voyage in 1795 but abandoned them. In his case,
    though, I think he was trying to observe the rising and setting of stars.
    Since he had never been to sea before, he apparently did not know that this
    was basically impossible. And since they had no chronometer, the value of
    these sights was minimal anyway.
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