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    Re: Lunars using Bennett
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Jul 03, 12:46 -0400

    George, you wrote:
    "Measuring a lunar distance is a means to an end; the end being to establish
    Greenwich time"
    A small correction: measuring lunars WAS a means to an end (establishing
    GMT), a long time ago. But nobody loses GMT anymore. Today most people use
    lunars to test their sextants and their skills. In that case, the final step
    is calculating the difference between the cleared lunar and the predicted
    lunar at a known instant of GMT. One could also use them to get lunar lines
    of position, as I've demonstrated several times.
    I think it's important to remember that shooting lunars for GMT is basically
    a sort of antiquarian game --a form of historical reconstruction. And
    different people will have different rules for this game. Even one person
    will play the game differently at different times. Sometimes we apply modern
    solutions to the historical problem. Other times we try to use the original
    methods and tables. But in the end, there's no one way to go about it.
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