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    From: Kevin Coulombe
    Date: 2012 Oct 25, 08:31 -0700

    LAN

    CALCULATED 1214 LT
    Observed: 1209 LT


    BODY: SUN
    Lower Limb

    WATCH TIME: 1209 LT
    ZD: +2
    WATCH ERROR: -0-

    SEXTANT
    FPM DRUM SEXTANT / AP MOLLER COMPANY ISSUE / CURRENT BRIDGE EQUIPMENT
    4X40 "TELESCOPE"
    RESIDUAL ERRORS +5” AT 20 DEGREES
    INDEX ERROR 0.8 OFF THE ARC

    SEXTANT ALTITUDE 35-16.5

    HEIGHT OF EYE 30 METERS

    BAROMETER 1008
    AIR TEMP 20C

    DR
    L 42 16.5 M
    Lo 036-39.8 W

    Course 097 T
    SOA 21 kt

    Remarks:
    Easy motion in rough following sea.

    I am ambitious today.

    I had a hard time finding the actual horizon in this observation. The sun angle at this latitude was creating a very harsh glare. The horizon shade took some of the bight out of the glare but then the visible horizon became indefinite. Donning a set of sun glasses with Polaroid lenses seemed to help a lot.

    I also found that swinging an arc to find the correct altitude caused the sextant scope focus ring to move. It helps the sight if the focus remains sharp. It was interesting to note the two large sun spots at the 2 and 7 o’clock (apparent) positions.

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