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    Re: Lunar distance accuracy
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2007 Oct 24, 21:56 -0400

    Alex, again, since I know you sometimes get very busy with work and don't
    follow every message closely, I want to quote myself here on this issue of
    "novice experts" as follows.
    Just over a month ago (msg 3222), I wrote to Henry Halboth:
    "You say that the resulting longitude accuracy is "astounding". I frequently
    find the same thing, and I have seen interested beginners get amazing
    results, too. Alex often gets annoyed when I say that beginners can get good
    results, so it occurs to me that I should qualify this statement from now on
    by noting that these are often people with excellent technical observing
    skills in other fields. I don't grab people off the street and say, "hey
    kid, wanna find yer longitude?" :-) They come to me with a natural interest
    in arcane technical arts like navigation. They're often people with skill in
    amateur astronomy or photography, for example. The sorts of people who can
    align things through an eyepiece in any technical field can pick up a
    sextant for the first time and get an excellent longitude right off the
    This evening, I have other plans, so I can't reply at length to all these
    interesting messages today, but I will definitely get back to you all
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