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    Re: No Lunars Era
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2004 Dec 6, 20:07 EST
    Alex E wrote:
    " think, Chauvenet explains very well, why there was no "Lunars era" "
    Chauvenet was writing after lunars were already dead. I was refering to something different in my original post on this topic. Lunars might well have been used as a primary method of determining longitude under some circumstances way back in, say, 1810. But they were not. Instead, the majority of navigators thought of longitude in terms of their dead reckoning. They interpreted lunars as a method of double-checking that dead reckoning, not replacing it. Today, people tend to scoff at DR, but there was a time when it was THE navigation.
    Frank R
    [ ] Mystic, Connecticut
    [X] Chicago, Illinois
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