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    Re: Using a slide rule for celnav
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2014 Jan 20, 01:12 -0800
    But if you are thinking of doing celestial computations on a normal sliderule you should consider using the Bygrave formulas instead of the normal cosine formula because they give greater accuracy. See:



    http://fer3.com/arc/m2.aspx/Bygrave-formula-accuracy-10-inch-slide-rule-Hirose-jul-2009-g8985

    http://fer3.com/arc/m2.aspx/Bygrave-formula-accuracy-10-inch-slide-rule-LaPook-jul-2009-g9019

    Or, you can make your very own Bygrave sliderule which provides even greater accuracy, complete plans are available here:

    https://sites.google.com/site/fredienoonan/other-flight-navigation-information/modern-bygrave-slide-rule

    gl



    From: David Cortes <dcortes{at}rwlw.com>
    To: garylapook---.net
    Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2014 10:48 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Using a slide rule for celnav


    To Navlist:
    
    I learned how to use a slide rule back in high school, and it's been 45-plus years.  Can some of you old-timers tell whether it's possible to multiply sin by sin or cos by cos, etc.  n one continuous operation, without putting the rule down to write down the number of the first calculated sin or cosin, etc.?
    
    David
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of Frank Reed
    Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 12:13 AM
    To: dcortes{at}rwlw.com
    Subject: [NavList] Re: What is a "Class A" sextant?
    
    Hi Brad,
    
    My understanding of the Kew "Class A" rating was that it was an overall rating. It was the certification required for sextants given to Royal Navy cadets. It combined several factors, and the instrument had to meet various standards on several tests.
    
    You may remember a NavList discussion a few years back about tables of "star distances" published in about 1905 for use with Lord Ellenborough's method of testing sextant arc error at sea (*). In the introduction, the authors say that a "Class A" certification implies among "other things" that the centering error (or "arc error" as we would call it today) amounted to less than 1' of arc maximum. Classes B and C would presumably permit progressively greater arc error, and this same source says that the sextant would be "rejected" (in other words, worse than class C) if the arc error was greater than 3'.
    
    *that discussion was in March 2010, and here's my first message on thee subject, specifically addressed to you personally, in fact. :)
    
    -FER
    
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