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    Re: Lat/Lon by "Noon Sun" & The Noon Fix PROVE IT
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2009 May 12, 10:31 -0400

    Report of the Secretary of the Navy
    
    "We recognize in navigation two classes of astronomical problems; one 
    possessing perfect accuracy of computation; the other uncertain, and 
    approximate only in its results.  The first class is, of course, always 
    employed when the weather and other circumstances are favorable.  The second 
    class of problems, that which gives only approximate deductions, is never 
    resorted to except from necessity.  The latter, however, serves a useful 
    purpose by enabling the navigator to know his position more nearly than he 
    could otherwise do, and by often affording perfect security by informing him 
    of the limit of safety, beyond which he should not venture."
    
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    I would like to assign the latitude and longitude by the noon sun fix to the 
    second class of problems.  It can provide us with a useful figure of merit, 
    albeit without perfect accuracy. Certainly, with a least squares curve fit, 
    the method affords us a very reasonable fix.
    
    So if Frank wants to "trot out his hobby horse" one more time, I for one will applaud it.
    
    Proven??  A resounding YES!
    
    Best Regards
    Brad
    
    
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