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    Historic astronomical publications online
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2007 Jul 03, 12:57 -0700

    NASA and the Smithsonian have a cooperative project to put a large
    collection of astronomy publications online.
    
    Go to http://www.adsabs.harvard.edu/ and click the Browse link.
    
    Some of this material is interesting to the celestial navigator. For
    example, here's a Lick Observatory report on an expedition to observe
    the total eclipse of the Sun in the northwest U.S. on June 8, 1918. They
    used a sextant and "mercurial horizon" to determine the observing site's
    latitude and longitude. A nearby telegraph station provided time signals
    to calibrate the chronometer. The report notes that the high Sun
    altitude as it crossed the meridian made latitude observations difficult
    with a sextant.
    
    
    http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-iarticle_query?bibcode=1918LicOB..10....1C&db_key=AST&page_ind=0&plate_select=NO&data_type=GIF&type=SCREEN_GIF&classic=YES
    
    One non-obvious technique on this page
    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/journals_service.html
    is to select the title of the journal in the list, enter a number in the
    Volume # box, but leave the Page #, Plate #, and Cover # blank. That
    will retrieve a table of contents for that volume, with clickable links
    to the articles. On the other hand, entering a number in the Page # box
    gets you a page of clickable thumbnail images of the pages in the
    requested volume.
    
    Another interesting site is "Making of America Books". Try browsing the
    categories Astronomy, Navigation, Spherical, Trigonometry, etc.
    
    http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moa/
    
    Both these sites are satisfactory with a dial-up connection. You can
    view the documents a page at a time.
    
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