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    Re: Easy Lunars in 1790
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 May 1, 22:16 EDT

    From Kelly's Spherics, 1796:
    "other ingenious  [graphical] methods have been since contrived, but the most
    approved performance  of th graphic kind is that lately executed by Mr.
    Margetts; a work of great  labour, ingenuity, and correctness."
    He doesn't say, 'run out and buy  it'. Maybe he should have! Instead, he
    offers a simple graphical solution of his  own.
    Ken, you wrote:
    "Did Nathaniel Bowditch become famous because he  had made a simpler method
    for clearing lunars?"
    Not so much, I would say.  In the 20th century, the importance of his "new
    method" has been significantly  exaggerated in various accounts of his life. But
    his streamlined method, the one  I have called "Bowditch's Principal Method"
    was definitely less tedious and  probably saved a minute of work on each
    clearing. Every little bit  helps.
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.

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