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    Re: Lunar refernce
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2006 Apr 13, 21:04 +0100

    I wrote, about books dealing with lunars, on 12th April-
    "There quite a big section on lunars in "A History of Nautical Astronomy", by 
    Charles H Cotter (1968). This is thorough, but not
    going in my view. That's fair enough; the lunar method takes quite a bit of 
    explaining. As well as lunars, it has a full treatment
    of other methods of celestial navigation. It has a serious defect, however, in 
    that it's littered with errors in the technical
    details. A list of known or suspected errors is available on request. Cotter 
    is long out-of-print, and becoming rather rare, so it
    has got rather pricy. If you find a secondhand copy at less than ?50 ($80), 
    you have done well. It's a mine of material, that can be
    found nowhere else, except by digging through old publications in a good library."
    I have been asked, off-list, about that list of errors in Cotter, referred to 
    above. It was a joint work with Herbert Prinz and Jan
    Kalivoda, and anyone is welcome to download it from-
    If anyone has difficulty in accessing that list, on request I will be happy to 
    send it by another means. It's intended to enhance
    the usefulness of Cotter's book.
    Any comments about it would be welcome. Particularly in the case of 
    disagreement with our assessments, or discovery of additional
    Finally, thanks to Wolgang Koberer for significant additions to the list of 
    works dealing with lunars. Clearly, there's a lot of
    interesting stuff in other languages than English. It leaves me feeling very 
    inadequate. I can just about manage simple written
    French, very slowly, with a good dictionary.
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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