A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David C
Date: 2016 Jun 20, 16:23 -0700
I have drawn a diagram and I think that what I was trying to calculate was the intercept from the actual position. Because I know the actual position (GPS) this intercept should be zero. In other words it was to be a sanity check. However members have performed the sanity check by working out the intercept from he actual position.
I may come back to this calculation but at the moment I am more interested in using Raper's log half sine squared tables and the hav-cosine formula to calculate the altitude. Raper does not provide natural versions of this function but there is a way around it with additional calculations. The altitude is currently 8' in error. If I use the cosine formula the altitude agrees with HD486 so I have probably made some numerical erros.
Thanks for your help.