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    Re: Lunar Distance in Wikipedia
    From: Renee Mattie
    Date: 2007 Aug 23, 10:09 -0700

    I have recreated the simple summary in METHOD, and put Jim's practical
    details in a sub-section called "in practice".  Rather than describe
    how two sights and a time can be used to find position, I link the
    interested reader to the article on celestial navigation.  This, I
    think, removes George's objection that the reader could be confused
    about how time, longitude, and star sights were actually used in the
    age of lunars, as opposed to how they might be used by lunarians
    In Errors, I again simplified and reorganized the discussion, moving
    the discussion of longitude prize into the History section.  I find it
    easier to follow in its new form.  I did mention the wreck of
    Shovell's squadron.  I noticed that, though the section says clearing
    involves atmospheric corrections, it does not say where, when, or how
    the corrections are made.  Are the corrected altitudes plugged into
    the parallax formula?
    I moved the mention of the longitude prize to "history", and could
    have moved the wreck of Shovell's squadron there as well, but I
    thought the wreck of the squadron gave context to the subject of
    Again, I invite everyone to correct and improve the article while at
    the same time keeping it as simple and concise as possible.  It is an
    encyclopedia article, meant to place information in context and direct
    the reader to some really comprehensive sources.
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