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    Reason for using the term sextant shot?
    From: Rick Emerson
    Date: 1999 Jan 06, 08:06 EST

    Russell Sher writes:
     > Hi - some time ago I came across the reason for the term "shot" as in "noon
     > shot" etc. - Does anyone know ? I believe that it is because the early
     > navigation tools eg. cross staff resembled a bow. Does anyone know more on
     > this?
    Well, let me take a shot at answering this... [wink]  Seriously, I
    suspect the term's origin is as simple as using "shot" as an alternate
    word for "having a go".  Also, "shot" and "sight" aren't too far apart
    as to how they sound.  Either that or it's mnemonic (memory aid) for
    the items you need to collect to get a sun line...
    Sun
    Horizon
    Offset
    Time
    Just kidding, folks!
    Rick
    S/V One With The Wind, Baba 35
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