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    Re: Latitude by transits of a circumpolar star both above and below the pole
    From: Andr�s Ruiz
    Date: 2007 Oct 4, 08:20 +0200

    
    
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    De: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] En nombre de George Huxtable
    Enviado el: martes, 02 de octubre de 2007 10:41
    Para: NavList@fer3.com
    Asunto: [NavList 3319] Re: Latitude by transits of a circumpolar star both above and below the pole
    
    
    George Huxtable wrote:
    
    -- That sounds very like chapter 6 in "Spherical and Practical Astronomy", 
    by William Chauvenet. Would it perhaps be an early version of that work?===
    
    -> In Celestaire 2007 catalog there is new reprint of "A MANUAL OF SPHERICAL 
    AND PRACTICAL ASTRONOMY" by William Chauvenet. I have the pdf found at google 
    books, but its quality is very poor. I read only some few articles and in 
    spite of the years is a very good book. George, I think it is a good book for 
    my library, isn�t it?
    
    
    -- It's true that it was independent of the declination, so it was useful to 
    astronomers who wanted to precisely find their latitudes in the days when 
    declinations in star catalogues were not necessarily to be relied on. Today, 
    when star declinations are known far more precisely than any of us will ever 
    need, it's of historical interest only.
    
    -> Of course, like Lunars, sight Reduction and all the old methods used in navigation
    
    
    -- I don't see how it can be in any way free from refraction errors.
    
    -> me too. I think the article says this because at the upper culmination the 
    altitude is high and the refraction small.
    
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