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    Re: The Sun does not stop for anyone
    From: David Pike
    Date: 2016 Dec 26, 12:56 -0800

    Reference your last post, which I won’t repeat here, because it was rather long, I agree with everything you said.  I was just trying to stick up for people who design chartlets.  When I said ‘effectively similar to’, perhaps I should have said ‘kind of similar to’.  In fact, my chartlet, which I’m working on at the moment for the astrovan, i.e. restricted to Lincolnshire, will look like a Mercator chart, work like a Mercator chart, but unfortunately won’t smell like a Mercator chart. Without a printing press and ink, I won’t be able to replicate the smell of a spanking new plotting chart straight from a drawer full of its brothers and sisters.

    I want to be able to demonstrate the intercept method.  So I need to be able to plot the kind of assumed positions necessary to use AP3270/HO249.  That is, a whole degree of latitude and minutes of longitude to make a whole degree of LHA.  I also want to include the outline shape of Lincolnshire, so that observers can get an idea just how accurate (or inaccurate) celestial can be.  Therefore, I need a latitude line, 53N, and a longitude scale from about 0001.30W to 000.30E.  The length of one minute of latitude on the chart will be scaled from one minute of longitude on the chartlet x secant 53.5degrees.  I’ve been trying to construct this in ‘Draw’, but it’s very time consuming.  I rather think I’ll end up snipping a bit out of a suitable chart and having it digitised if it’s not too pixley, a bit like below but better.  That will form the top half of the sheet.  On the bottom of the sheet will be a crib table for recording the relatively few values and corrections necessary for a static shot with an aircraft sextant. DaveP


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