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    Re : The answer...
    From: Fabrice Magnan de Bornier
    Date: 1998 Sep 29, 10:15 EDT

    I don't get joe'spoint about noon sun shots. My understanding is that, as far as latitude is
    concerned, the when is irrelevant, only the height matters and the slower it
    changes the better your accuracy is.
    And although I know this is real heresy, I have crossed the Atlantic Ocean
    from Newport to Saint Malo via the A?ores (or whatever you call these
    islands in english)  on a small yacht using only noon sun shots to determine
    both latitude and longitude, and managed to land securely (the accuracy on
    longitude was lousy, but still good enough to know when you have to be
    careful). So I think the method is great and, yes, very simple (but maybe, in 
    these GPS days, simplicity is not anymore the best reason for using 
    astronomical navigation).
    Fabrice Magnan de Bornier
    Netincelle - 6 chemin de l'Or?e - 77920   Samois sur Seine - France
    Tel : 01 64 24 67 93
    Fax : 01 64 24 82 80
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