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    Re: Technique question
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 May 19, 22:56 -0400

    Doug, I wonder if it would help your "fuzzy moon" situation if you took two 
    lunar distances. That is, if you have a full moon, one from the near side of 
    the moon to the star. The second, from the far side of the moon to the star. 
    Split the difference by two and add/subtract it to either reading in order to 
    get an averaged "center" for the moon.
    
    If there is any question of "is this the real edge of the moon", that question 
    should be eliminated by taking whatever looks like the real edge--from both 
    sides--and allowing any false "bloom" of the image to be cancelled out this 
    way.
    
    I confess that simply getting both the moon AND a star lined up together 
    quickly became a fruitless exercise here, with too much background light in 
    the sky and a sextant that quickly came to weigh at least a hundred pounds 
    after it had been in my hand in the position for the first ten minutes.
    
    
    

       
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