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    Puzzles, great and small
    From: Richard B. Emerson
    Date: 2000 Sep 11, 5:46 AM

    My thanks to Dr. Kolbe for copying to NAV-L his note to me and my
    The best explanation I can come up with is a horizon that was about
    1.3 to 1.4 degrees too low.  That seems a little odd to me; it's a
    rather large error.  My errors usually turn out to be on the order of
    a few minutes in altitude and a few seconds in timing.  Trying to
    adjust the timing in some reasonable interval (e.g., ten or thirty
    minutes) doesn't work any better than trying to make another star fit
    the sights listed in my work sheets.  So, barring divine intervention,
    whose intent, by definition, is unknowable [s], that leaves a fumbled
    horizon as the most likely explantion.  As I said, I'm not entirely
    comfortable with that but I can't think of a better explanation.
    Nonetheless I think this discussion has been instructive for the list
    readership and helpful for me.
    S/V One With The Wind, Baba 35
    P.S.  In wrapping up this topic, I should also credit Starpath's
    latest addition to their StarPilot program: a sight analyzer function.
    It takes a series of sights and draws a line representing a trend
    analysis of those sights.  It makes outlaying data easy to spot and
    confirms the overall quality of a shot series.  I applied it to the
    three rounds of sights taken on the morning of the 22nd and found some
    minor discrepencies but, aforementioned gross errors aside, that was
    it.  Check http://www.starpath.com for an interesting description of
    this function and its use with StarPilot.

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