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    Re: Exercise #16 High Altitude Sights near Noon
    From: Jeremy C
    Date: 2008 Jul 21, 11:44 EDT
    In a message dated 7/21/2008 11:30:51 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, hhew36@gmail.com writes:

    Jeremy -

    Wow, 10' zenith distance sights are really up there. I once did one at
    20' and that had me dancing a complete circle around the cabin top of
    a 46-foot ketch.

    Thanks again for giving a notion of what a CG celestial exam question
    looks like.


    PS Would the CG allow a bow-compass in an exam? I've used one for
    years in routine plotting because it makes a pencil line on the sheet
    instead of a dent.  H
    Jeremy replies:
    The high altitude sights I've shot, several of both sun and moon, have been difficult to pin point as I too was spinning in a circle and the body never left the view of my 6x35 scope.  I think I remember just going to the compass and shooting south, although i should have tried both north and south.
    I have never had issues with what kind of compass or dividers, or any plotting tools for that matter, that i brought into the exam room.  They are more sticklers for calculators.  This last time I had to battle to bring in my TI-85 which I've used for all 7 of my exams.  I even had the USCG policy on hand, but he finally relented and I was off to the races.
    To be honest, the only time I've used a compass on the exams is when plotting these high altitude sights, or drawing a radar LOP.  I just use standard weems and plath dividers fitted with a lead, as I don't use them often.

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