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    Stange results from AM and PM sun shots
    From: Alan S
    Date: 2012 Sep 27, 09:47 -0700

    Currently at the beach, Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Lat 34D39.3M North x 77D03.6M West.

    The sextant shots I've been doing have felt good, I doubt that there is anything wrong with my sextant, it hasn't been dropped or bounced around, though there is always the large possibility of "operator error", to put things politely. Interestingly, Declination of the sun is South, though barely that, see 20122 Nautical Almanac.

    Getting to the point, having reduced a couple of sets of sights, AM & PM sun, I get Zn's 269D and 91D in one case, 268D & 92D in another, almost straight lines when plotted., which gives LOP's that are almost parallel, no way they cross within the limits of the plotting sheets I'm using, USPS CLS 98, which covers 1 degree x 1 degree, good enough when one is essentially standing in the same place for sextant shots.

    I wonder is the above mentioned in just a peculiarity of late Sept. when Sun's declination is so small, in some instances, less than 1D South. Any ideas or light to be shed.
    Alan
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