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    Re: Direction and alternate methods
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2003 Jun 10, 23:11 -0400

    On Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003, at 19:29 US/Eastern, George Huxtable wrote:
    
    >  The traditional lunar-distance method doesn't involve
    > the horizon at all (except in measuring the moon and other-body
    > altitudes,
    > which are not needed to any accuracy), so it maintains all the
    > reading-precision that the observer can give it. That's why it was
    > chosen
    > by Maskelyne in the 18th century.
    
    George,
    
    Just to quibble that Mayer was also instrumental in instituting lunars.
      It wasn't only Maskelyne.
    
    Fred
    
    
    

       
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