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    Re: Using any star for a lunar
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2005 Mar 12, 17:18 -0500

    >> I am undoubtedly revealing my failure to spend enough time learning
    >> lunars (my limp defense is that it is still bloody cold around here at
    >> night), but can any navigational star or planet be used to work a
    >> lunar distance, as long as the altitudes of the body and moon are
    >> within the window for a given method?
    > I'm guessing you mean to say "any star or planet that is close to the
    > ecliptic",
    > in which case the answer is yes. You have to calculate the distance between
    > the star and the moon yourself, but that's pretty simple if you have a star
    > catalog (or an astronomy program such as Cartes du Ciel that does it for
    > you).
    > This is subject to the usual caveats about the star being too close to the
    > moon as has been discussed here recently.
    > Ken Muldrew.
    I have yet to try lunars, but am slowly moving in that direction.  If I
    understand the basic concept, we are looking at two bodies that cross the
    sky at different rates; Sun 15d/hr, Moon 14d 19', stars 15d 02'.5, and
    planets.  Perhaps a question born from ignorance, but could the Sun (close
    to ecliptic) and Moon be used as well?

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