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    Re: Sudden shift in sextant sights
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2012 Mar 28, 13:23 -0700

    Zvi,

    1. Have you tried to check the index error before and after the shift?
    You do not mention this in your message.

    2. I suppose you watch is not an "atomic" one :-)
    so a sudden shift in your watch is excluded.

    3. let me cite from the recently mentioned article by Lt. Logan, US Navy,
    "Exceptional navigational refraction near the horizon":

    "The horizon and sun remaining visible, the altitude shown by the sextant
    had almost instantly to be altered 32' to maintain contact, the horizon
    appeared to fall by that amount..."

    If you think that causes in 1 and 2 are excluded, you can read more
    about 3 in the recent discussion "Extremely poor conditions???"
    on this list:-)

    As always, I would try to look for the simplest possible explanation
    a) a blunder in calculations,
    b) a blunder in calculations,
    c) a blunder in time recording or in the reading of the scale.
    d) that something has happened with the sextant. (Checking index correction
    before and after the observations helps).

    Alex.
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