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    Re: A celestial navigation mystery.
    From: Dave Walden
    Date: 2011 May 11, 12:50 -0700

    Gary has been clever enough to eliminate our best guesses so far!

    How about Hamal? 20 degress up, almost West, a good cross with Polaris. With GHA of 212 deg 24.9 min, it fits in his 17' to 26' window. Using a 208 reduction, one gets a Z of 75 deg. Since you're in North Lat, and the star is west, Zn=360-Z or 285 deg. Oops, forgot to bring down the 2 in the subtraction, used 85 by mistake. So, (without much checking!) I make them 21 miles further West than they thought. Probably not a big deal this far away. Anything else on the chart make this seem possible?
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