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    Lunar confusion
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2003 Apr 29, 16:58 -0700

    Mr. Prinz,thanks for your help.On 04-26 untill now it was clear in my small
    reptilian mind what was needed to do this.Now I'm totally confused after
    reading Mr. Huxtable's and your letters today.I can see I need to study up
    on this and get a clearer picture of what is needed.I know I've got the
    mechanics fairly well controlled to this but I'm missing some concept about
    the distance.It doesn't help that I'm writeing down the wrong definitions of
    what I am trying to convey.I've got to read all this again and hope Mr.
    Stark's book gets here soon.
    0849 was the last I could see the Moon,and barely at that.I don't understand
    what you mean by the almanac providing distance of the day.
    I was under the impression that the stars had to be close to the ecliptic or
    at least to the Moon to do this.I stayed away from Altair as you advised
    even though it was clearly visable.Deneb was very prominent through this but
    I thought the distance from the Moon and it's altitude was to great.Altair
    was 50-55* away from the Moon to the South and West and Deneb was around 90*
    To the North and West.Both had an altitude of around 70*.Antares was way to
    the West about 100* from the Moon at around 16* alt. because it was just
    visable above the summits to the West of me.
    I"ve been sitting here for some time thinking through the movements of the
    bodies and I think I see what you're getting at.Antares was moving almost
    directly away from the Moon while the Moon kept almost between Enif and
    Fomalhaut the entire time.While the distance between Mars -Moon-Venus
    changed also.The distance of the Moon between Enif and Fomalhaut didn't
    change that much.It was their relative position in the sky as a group that
    changed.I think I had the wrong concept of "distance" as it applies to
    this.Now I may understand why you would need to recline to do this.Am I
    right in my assumption?Bear with me as I'm new to this and I'll get this in
    bits and pieces.I hope I've got it correct now.Thanks for your help.

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