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    Re: Remember your first time?
    From: Mike Hannibal
    Date: 2005 Nov 1, 09:25 +1100

    Hi Paul,
    I'm just going through exactly the same process - it's
    pretty exciting. First I did a couple of lunar
    distances. Then I worked out that a bucket of water on
    "the bridge" - the deck outside my upstairs bedroom -
    made a great artificial horizon. I got a series of
    afternoon position lines - intercepts of 2.7m, 0.7m
    and (gulp) 5.7m. The wind had started to blow and the
    sun in the bucket wouldn't stay still!
    For various reasons I haven't been able to do a noon
    sight and today being the Melbourne Cup holiday here I
    thought I'd do one. To get a true northerly horizon
    I'd have to drive for a couple of hours so it's back
    to the bucket on "the bridge". Then I looked at the
    data for my DR: LAN at 13:03:34 - so far so good and
    Hc 66d 17.4m - the bucket doesn't do it. My sextant
    only measures 120d and because of the double
    reflection issue won't measure the required altitude.
    So unfortunately the meridian passage sight will have
    to wait.
    It's pretty exciting though.
    Best wishes
    --- Paul Flint  wrote:
    > If you have socks to wash or anything even mildly
    > interesting to do,
    > skip this message.
    > A landmark event occured today. I took my first real
    > sight.
    > Thanks.
    > Paul Flint
    > Kawasaki, Japan
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