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    Re: First Noon Sight: Astra IIIb
    From: Sean C
    Date: 2014 Apr 11, 15:33 -0700

    Frank, you wrote:

    "That's not Local Mean Time."

    Ah, yes. I have been guilty of this before. I need to try and remember not to do that. :)

    And you asked:

    "...how did you decide what sights were worth considering?"

    Well, as I mentioned, I was having a little trouble before moving one of the horizon shades into place. I believe this resulted in some very large errors in my pre-noon sights. I think this may also account for my rather large error in longitude, as Greg discovered. For example, just after the sight at 13:03:29 (61°11.8'), I had a sight at 13:05:36 of 61°10.0'. Now, I already knew local noon was at 13:07, so the Sun couldn't possibly be decreasing in altitude yet. But which one is right? I kept taking sights until the Sun was definitely descending and by that time the altitude was getting close to the sight at 13:03. I then pre-set the sextant to that altitude and waited until the limb was on the horizon and recorded the time. Same thing for the last altitude I gave. For my own calculations, I split the difference between both sets and used the average. The result was in error by about 20nm west. For grins, I used the exact time of the highest recorded altitude, 13:08:20, and got an error of about 15nm west.

    Hope that made sense.

    Regards,
    Sean C.
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