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    Re: Lunar distances
    From: Rod Deyo
    Date: 2002 Jan 25, 8:44 PM

    Bruce Stark, the author of the tables, wrote a series of articles about the
    methods he used to construct them in the Foundation for the Promotion of the
    Art of Navigation newsletter.  For a list of the articles, you can write to
    him at
    
    Lant-Horn Press
    3770 Onyx Street
    Eugene, OR 97405
    
    It's unfortunate that he did not include reprints of the series as part of
    his tables since they are quite expensive to buy as individual reprints from
    he Foundation. It would be wonderful if he would collect them into a single
    publication and let the Foundation or Celestaire sell them.
    
    Rod Deyo
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    From  "Dan Allen" 
    To: 
    Sent: Friday, January 25, 2002 8:09 AM
    Subject: Re: Lunar distances
    
    
    > Yes, I think you have the right audience in mind.
    >
    > I have a copy of Stark's book and it contains no theory.  I bought
    > it thinking it would explain lunars to me, but I learned nothing at all
    > from it. It contains a two page preface, two pages on "Making the
    Observation",
    > and five pages on "Using the tables" followed by 301 pages of tables.
    There
    > is not a single equation in the book and the source of the tables is not
    > explained or described at all.  If you want to understand lunars, this
    > book is not for you.
    >
    > Dan Allen
    >
    > -----Original Message-----
    >
    > I am also informed by Eric of Bruce Stark's "Tables for Clearing the Lunar
    > Distance and Finding G.M.T. by Sextant Observation", and would be
    > interested to hear listmembers' opinions about this book.
    >
    > However I have had to work on the basis of writing for members who have
    > access to none of those works, and are new to lunars, but are familiar
    with
    > the basics of ordinary astronavigation and the measurement of altitude by
    > sextant. Would that pitch it about right?
    >
    > George Huxtable.
    

       
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