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    Re: Error in taking lunar distance
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Feb 12, 20:55 -0000

    My recent message needs a correction. When I wrote-
    
    "For the rest of the month, Sun-lunars are available, and indeed preferred
    by
    many observers", that was wrong.
    
    For a period of about 10 days in each month, around Full Moon, the Sun-Moon
    lunar distance exceeds 120 degrees, putting it outside the range of a
    sextant. During that period a navigator has no option but to use night-time
    star-Moon distances, if he needs a lunar distance.
    
    So all told, star lunars are quite a lot more available that Sun lunars, and
    a navigator who restricts himself to daytime lunar distances to the Sun has
    much fewer opportunities to get his longitude.
    
    George
    
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
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