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    Re: azimuth bearing on celestial bodies
    From: Jim Thompson
    Date: 2005 Aug 20, 21:28 -0300

    I often use precalculated altitudes to find a body.  I just sweep the
    horizon in the approximate azimuth.  I do use a handbearing compass to
    orient myself, I think that your Silva should be just as precise in this
    situation, given that I usually only need to be within about 5-10 degrees.
    It's not likely that I find two magnitude 2-3 bodies at the same altitude
    within a band that narrow, even given the 5 degree altitude error range
    using 2102-D.
    Jim Thompson
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    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: T. Shanklin
    > What is the best way to find an approximate bearing on a celestial body or
    > conversely, to find a celestial body using a bearing?  I've been doing it
    > lately by simply facing forward in the direction of the sun/planet/moon
    > after shooting a sextant sight and trying to be accurate using my trusty
    > Silva hiking compass with sighting mirror.  This has worked well
    > in the past
    > for getting rough estimates which I use as a check on my
    > calculated azimuth.
    >   But I just recently purchased a Starfinder 2102-D and find that I might
    > need a more accurate way to find a bearing in help locating the desired
    > star.  I'm thinking I'll just stand facing the general direction with the
    > sextant set for the proper altitude of the body (according to 2102-D) and
    > start scanning.

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