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    Trying lunars
    From: David Pike
    Date: 2022 Sep 9, 22:01 -0700

    It's no good, I'm going to have to get into lunars again and improve on my previous best of 32 minutes of time (or was it longitude, I can't remember), especially as Jupiter was throbbing away last night saying "Stop looking for Mars and use me. Look how bright I am", and the Moon was saying "Please yourself. I'm game if you can find some tables for the old devil". I’m going to make it one of my winter projects. Well, it sounds easier than learning to play the junior guitar I rescued from a charity shop last week for £5 UK and less boring than finally getting round to finishing the 3D Titanic model my son bought me for my birthday last November.

    So, some questions. 1. I downloaded 'TheNauticalAlmanac.com 2022 Lunar Distance Tables For the lunar distance method'. They offer Jupiter this month. Will these be OK? 2. When the Moon is almost round, which side do you aim at? Is it always the side facing the recently set Sun? One thing I learned last night, it's best to estimate the rough angle, aim at Jupiter with my other eye and swing my Hughes Mates 6" until the Moon looked at through the eyepiece sits alongside it. Then look at both through the eyepiece and start twiddling. I'm not expecting great accuracy, just enough to prove the system. Unfortunately, it looks like we've had our ration of clear skies for a while. DaveP

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