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    Re: Theoretical Question - Height of Eye from Shore
    From: Greg R_
    Date: 2007 Nov 18, 22:36 -0800
    Gary LaPook writes:
     
    > I also use the beach at Ventura for taking sights
     
    Aha - another SoCal person on the list (and I think Coralline is somewhere out here as well).
     
    > I like the one right behind the fairgrounds.
     
    That would be Seaside Park, I think (?). That location's good for southwesterly to westerly-facing shots, but I've found that the coastline (down by the harbor and beyond) interferes with getting a good horizon a lot of the time (and I wasn't ever able to get noon shots from there, either).
     
    My two favorite locations around Ventura are the roadside by Pitas Point (just up from the entrance to Emma Wood State Beach - where all the RVs park whenever it's a holiday) for south-facing shots - it's a great year-round site to do LAN sights from, and Surfers Knoll across from Ventura Harbor Village for westerly-facing sights (that was the one that I actually "surveyed" - if you're familiar with it you'll know why I had to do that rather than just guesstimate the elevation of the parking lot). It's usually a friendly crowd there too (even the surfers don't seem to have an attitude), and the sextant never fails to be a conversation-starter.
     
    Be sure to stop and say "hello" if we ever cross paths out taking sights someday.
     
    --
    GregR
     

     

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