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    Re: Lunar Exercise
    From: Jeremy C
    Date: 2008 Sep 24, 18:15 EDT
    The lunars  I posted were the first shots from a new sextant, and my first shots with a  sextant in over 3 months, so I am sure there was a bit of user error in there.  I was busy in a class in NY today, but will try to shoot another round or two tomorrow.  Hopefully they will be a bit more accurate.
    The lunars were a deliberate exercise, using a wind-up watch that is known to run fast, and a longitude that is truly suspect since I did not know the datum of Washington DC that was used. The Fix of the stone comes from 1881.
    While I like the sextant, I now remember how much I dislike the 3.5x scopes that now come standard with most sextants.  On the ship I have a 4x, and I had previously used a 6x scope that is no longer available.  I have on order from Celestaire, a 7x scope, but since I haven't received it yet, I am stuck with the standard scope.
    I have uncovered an interesting line of research with the stone in the square, and once my research is complete, I think that I will be witting an article on it, which I will be sure to post.

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