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    Re: Extremely poor conditions??
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2012 Mar 21, 01:46 -0400

    Sorry, took a break to put in another load of laundry an hit "Send"
    instead of "Save."  No chance to proof read.
    Picking up where I left off:
    The Green Bay, Wisconsin station on the 20th did not show an air
    temperature for 0 or 126 m. From 214 m to 914 m the air temperature rose
    from 14.6 C to 17.6 C before starting to decline with altitude. I have
    no idea whether this is a normal lapse rate.
    Under the heading of, "Never let the facts interfere with a good story."
    Regarding side error on my sextant:  I checked it before and after the
    observations. Two images of the same star slid by each other barely
    kissing.  Superimposing two Sun images showed a perceptible but very
    slight fringe. The acid test, tilt the sextant 20 or more to either side
    while viewing a horizon that is aligned.  I did, no noticeable bump with
    a 3x scope.
    Bill's "thermometer" was Bill's body, life experience, and goose bumps.
    The heater was on in the car as I was wearing shorts, a T-shirt, and
    lightweight summer shirt with the sleeves rolled up past the elbows.
    Alex was in jeans and a (long sleeve?) shirt. The car windows were
    partially open. It was approx. 45 minutes after sunset on the shore when
    we left for the restaurant, and almost 10 pm when we headed for Notre
    Dame. Plus, I'm older than the unique Ukrainian math whiz. My car, my
    gas and mileage, and Alex wants the temperature to suit him? Suck it up
    Doc ;-)
    To Alex's credit, the horizon was horrible when we arrived after sunset
    on the 13th, but he plugged away with Jupiter. On the 17th we had what
    looked like the best horizon I have ever seen on Lake Michigan under a
    Sun--from the beach or offshore. My 5 shots were consistent as I chose
    the time.  Alex plugged away through twilight like an old war horse even
    when the front was moving in and the horizon turned unusable IMHO.

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