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    Re: Lunars Workshop, Mystic, 9/9/2005
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2005 Aug 11, 08:43 -0400

    Thanks for the notice Frank. If only I were a wealthy dilettante, I would
    jet down to Mystic for the event.  Given the wide distribution of this list,
    you might wish to consider having your presentation videotaped for the
    benefit of those of us who live in the far-flung corners of the world.
    Certainly I would be interested in seeing what you have to say on this
    matter.
    
    What one misses out on when living in the boonies.
    
    
    Robert
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Frank Reed" 
    To: 
    Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2005 2:34 AM
    Subject: Lunars Workshop, Mystic, 9/9/2005
    
    
    > 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
    > astronomy.
    > 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.
    >
    > -FER
    > 42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.
    > www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
    
    
    

       
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