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    Re: Meridian Transit of the Sun and Daily Pages
    From: Steve E. Bryant
    Date: 2015 Oct 11, 00:36 -0500

    Dear Frank,
    First let me say that I greatly appreciate the responses to my question.  I 
    stand in awe of the experience, education, and knowledge represented by the 
    Navlist contributors.  As I indicated to you over a year ago, I’ve been 
    afraid to ask any of my elementary questions given the complexity of the 
    questions usually asked on the Navlist for fear that I would not be capable 
    of understanding the answers.  
    Regarding your question, I have decided to be one of the instructors for our 
    United States Power Squadron’s Junior Navigation class; more precisely, I 
    have been permitted to be one of three instructors.  I was a student in this 
    class back in 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  
    I am familiar with the typical methodology for calculating the meridian 
    transit; but, I did  needed a memory jog for the method utilizing the rough 
    but helpful daily pages ‘hint’ located on the far right, bottom of the daily 
    pages.       
    The reality for our class is that our sights require time to the nearest 
    second.   I note that Peter Hakel has offered a helpful Excel tool for 
    solving the problem quickly but I don’t know how to make it work?  I also am 
    curious what the source is for the ephemerides used in the Excel program.  
    The “Navigators” in our National Office who will be grading the students 
    ‘sight book’ tell us that their evaluation of the handwritten sight 
    reductions will require that the data be taken from the Nautical Almanac as 
    copyrighted with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office i.e., The Nautical 
    Almanac(s) 2015-2016. 
    Best regards,
    Steve
    PS, We did actually take sights on 27 September.
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of Frank Reed
    Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2015 3:52 PM
    To: steveebryant---.net
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Meridian Transit of the Sun and Daily Pages
    
    Hey Steve, how about a little context? Why are you using the *Nautical 
    Almanac* for this task? As an exercise, a textbook puzzle (nothing wrong with 
    that, if that's the reason)? If you really need to know when local noon 
    occurred on that date for some practical reason, then why? The application 
    helps decide the approach. There are many tools well-suited to this task that 
    are far easier to use. And what kind of accuracy do you need? Nearest minute? 
    Nearest second? Again *why*? What's your goal?
    Frank Reed
    
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