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    Lunars by the hundreds...
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2011 Oct 8, 15:25 -0700

    I spent Friday doing some research, digging through a couple of interesting nineteenth century logbooks. In one case, I was following up a strange clue from another logbook. It led me to a very large logbook, about eighteen inches tall and a foot wide, covering at least four voyages. The voyages themselves appeared to be interesting reading, but I only skimmed over a few pages. As I've learned over the years, the good stuff is often in the back. I flipped to the last page and discovered some navigational math examples, clearly copied from Bowditch. A good sign. Then I flipped forward a few pages... and whispered aloud, "jackpot!" I found pages and pages and pages of "lunar observations" fully worked out and recorded in detail. In that one logbook, there are over a hundred lunars. Then just before the library closed, I asked for one other logbook for a quick look. Lightning doesn't strike twice, except when it does. Again, I flipped to the back and found over eighty fully worked lunars written up on tiny pages. So much material to work with... It was a good day.


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