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    Re: Point Venus, May 1774
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2007 Apr 30, 07:50 -0400

    Dear George,
    > of Cook's observations, but his subject heading should have put me right, if
    > I had bothered to read it. Sorry about that.
    > Cook's Journal (Beaglehole vol 2) for early May 74 is no help. Cook is
    > heavily involved in obtaining and preserving his ship's food stocks, and
    > makes no mention of any astronomical observations. Presumably, he was then
    > leaving such matters to his astronomers.
    > It seems quite likely that those faulty Moon altitudes could have been taken
    > by a middie, using a wooden octant. Another possibility might be that the
    > wrong limb of the Moon had been chosen, and then corrected. Would the wrong
    > Moon altitudes be compatible with such an error? It's no more that a
    > suggestion. I don't have Wales' numbers to work on.
    > George.
    > contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    > or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    > or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.|
    > >
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