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    Re: Star Identification
    From: Greg R_
    Date: 2008 Jul 30, 11:41 -0700

    --- Anabasis75@aol.com wrote:
    
    > This is correct, except when the cloud cover doesn't cooperate
    > with the pre-computed stars and you are left shooting whatever you
    > can see.
    
    Agreed... and like you said, it's a lot easier to do these days with
    computers/calculators/etc. - would have been a lot more problematic
    back in the "old days" having to do multiple sight reductions (or maybe
    partial reductions) manually trying to figure out just what it was that
    you sighted.
    
    Also points up how "spoiled" we are in this modern age of instant
    navigation that's usually accurate to just a few feet, wonder how much
    patience we'd have if we had to wait a couple (or maybe several) days
    before getting an accurate position fix.
    
    --
    GregR
    
    
    
    --- Anabasis75@aol.com wrote:
    
    
    > Greg wrote:
    >
    > Usually you'll pre-compute elevations and azimuths of stars  *before*
    > doing the sights, and then point the sextant accordingly (it's
    > usually
    > pretty obvious what star you're looking for, just look for  the
    > brightest object in the sextant's field of view... ;-)).
    >
    >
    > =================
    >
    > This is correct, except when the cloud cover doesn't cooperate with
    > the
    > pre-computed stars and you are left shooting whatever you can see.  I
    > have  had
    > this happen several times at sea, when the only stars I could shoot
    > were  none
    > of the ones I wanted to shoot.
    >
    > To combat this, I recorded the approximate azimuth as well as
    > altitude.
    > Fortunately I was still shooting major stars and was able to  find
    > them on my
    > star finder.  If they had been minor stars, I probably  would have
    > taken the easy
    > way out and just not reduced them (this was all before  I had
    > computers for
    > this kind of work).
    >
    > JCA
    >
    >
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