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Chronometer Suggestions
From: Federico Rossi
Date: 2009 Jan 6, 21:20 +0100

Lu,

If I’ve understood well, this error doesn’t depend on your latitude on earth, i.e. it’s a maximum of 1 nm for every 4 seconds (for bodies due east or west) whether you are on the equator or far from it, does it?

Federico

Da: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] Per conto di Lu Abel
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nviato: martedì 6 gennaio 2009 20.05
A: NavList@fer3.com
Oggetto: [NavList 6941] Re: Chronometer Suggestions

Irv and Bill:

It's a MAXIMUM of 1 NM for every 4 seconds, not a minimum.

If the body you're sighting is directly north or south of you, even a fairly significant time error would result in a very minimal shift in the LOP produced by the body (the extreme example is Polaris).   On the other hand, if the body you're sighting is directly east or west, then it's Geographic Position is moving by 1 NM every four seconds and any LOP developed from that sight would be off by 1 NM for every four seconds of clock error.

Lu Abel

Irv Haworth wrote:

Minimum of 1 NM for every 4 seconds..( a quick answer)..

Irvin F Haworth

W, Van BC Canada

From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of William Sellar
Sent: January 6, 2009 5:05 AM
To: NavList@fer3.com
Subject: [NavList 6931] Re: Chronometer Suggestions

As a beginning celestial navigator, I am wondering how much time and watch accuracy is actually required for practical navigation.  Can we predict how many miles off one would be for every second of time error?

Bill

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