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    Re: Heath Hezzanith question
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2007 Oct 22, 12:50 +1000

    Alex wrote:
    >  a sextant light is a great convenience at night,
    > in a small boat, without an assistant.
    
    If you're by yourself then that is that; when you're looking for a
    helping hand the only reliable place to find it will be at the end of
    your arm.
    
    But whenever possible I encourage (dragoon) the use of an assistant.
    On well-crewed boats we stand watches of two, and often the other
    person, even if knowing nothing of nav, is amenable to acting as a
    scribe.
    
    This way not only is the whole process of observation much more
    practical, but you have a much better chance of recording multiple obs
    over five minutes of time, leading generally to a much better derived
    sight. If the assistant is still keen she (we live in hope) can also
    be put to work to plot the sights she has recorded, before comparing
    them with the slope of apparent rise or fall.
    
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