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    Re: Sextant shot accuracy
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2012 Aug 21, 12:43 -0700
    I didn't write that article, I just found it in an old Cruising World magazine and I have no idea of what data was used and how the conclusions were arrived at.

    Don't shoot the messenger.


    --- On Tue, 8/21/12, Byron Franklin <byronink@netzero.com> wrote:

    From: Byron Franklin <byronink@netzero.com>
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Sextant shot accuracy
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 9:44 AM

    Byron: The article is questionable! What Jeremy said was as we all know, have really good bases.
    How did they compare the fix or line of position with the ships or shore actual position?
    In one of my sea stories I talked about “who bought the Cokes. We judged the loser with the farthest SUNLINE OF position away from the other sun lines. We had loran A, but knew we could not use it for the judge of who was the best shot. Especially talking about decimals, I have real doubts about the article. The sextant we used in the Navy was incapable of that accuracy. I am not sure that even with
    GPA as a backup we can talk about 2 decimal fixes. Perhaps from land with scale chart only, I may believe the accuracy. I certainly thought myself as the perfect. Sextant, handler as did everyone I knew.
    I, they, could only go by my the shape and size of fixes and had no other reference to actual ship positions. I even found, and wrote about the inaccuracy of OMEGA using celestial and the sextant. That was because of OMEGA large miles of error especially in the Baltic and Med.. I think NAVLIST could publish a correction.
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