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    Lunars Workshop, Mystic, 9/9/2005
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2005 Aug 11, 02:34 EDT

    Lunars: the OTHER Longitude.
    WHAT: A  workshop on lunar distance navigation presented by Frank Reed.
    WHERE: At the  Planetarium at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut.
    WHEN: Friday September  9, 2005 at 3PM. Practical sights the following
    afternoon weather  permitting.
    WHO: Anyone interested in the history of celestial navigation and  nautical
    HOW MUCH: Free for this workshop. Standard museum  admission rates apply if
    you plan to visit the historic vessels and other  exhibits at Mystic Seaport.
    Perhaps you've read the tale of Harrison and  his chronometers in a little
    book called "Longitude", but have you heard the  other side of the story? How
    did ocean navigators figure out where they were  when chronometers were
    unavailable? Join us on September 9th at the Seaport  Planetarium at Mystic Seaport
    for a two to three hour workshop on the "lunar  distance method" of determining
    longitude at sea. From the late 18th through the  19h centuries, vessels of
    all sizes flying the flags of many nations were  navigated across the oceans
    using the Moon as a great natural clock in the sky.  Long abandoned and
    surrounded by lore and legend, this method has seen a  renaissance of interest among
    celestial navigation enthusiasts in recent years,  and in this workshop you'll
    learn the history of this important technique and  the practical skills to try
    it yourself, too. We will examine modern computer  methods for instantly
    analyzing lunars as well as two traditional pen-and-paper  methods for "clearing" a
    lunar distance including the method that made Nathaniel  Bowditch famous.
    We'll discuss some of the myths and misconceptions connected  with lunar
    distances, and we will explore the reality of their practical  application at sea as
    recorded in the old logbooks in the library collections at  Mystic Seaport.
    With a little practice, you'll be able to find your longitude  using "lunars"
    today following in the great traditions of explorers and  navigators from the
    18th and 19th centuries.
    Bring your sextant if you  have one. We will do some trial lunar distance
    sights Friday afternoon, and if  the weather permits we will also meet at
    Stonington Point, a few miles from  Mystic Seaport, on Saturday afternoon for a
    complete lunar distance sight set  and sight reductions.
    There is no greater test of skill and accuracy for  a celestial navigator
    than the art of lunar distance navigation. Join us for  this workshop and become
    a true lunarian!
    For further information, call  the Planetarium at Mystic Seaport:
    860-572-5302 ext. 5151. For directions and  general information on Mystic Seaport, please
    visit the museum's web site:  http://www.MysticSeaport.org.
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.

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