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    Re: first sextant sights
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2006 May 3, 18:56 -0500

    You did much better than me Frank.

    My first sight was in 1983, on land, with an RAE MKIXA bubble sextant. I
    thought I had it aced too, and was out 20 miles. My instructor soothed my
    wounded ego and told me to keep trying. 23 years later and I am still

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Frank Reed" <FrankReedCT@aol.com>
    To: "NavList" <NavList@fer3.com>
    Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 11:50 PM
    Subject: [NavList 91] first sextant sights

    > I first used a sextant in a celestial navigation class back in 1978 at
    > Mystic Seaport. I remember being confident that I could do this easily,
    > and I was rather shocked to discover that my fix was something like 4
    > nautical miles out. Of course, I got better.
    > But how good can your first experience be? Last September when we had a
    > lunars meeting in Mystic, a bunch of us shot lunar distance sights at
    > Stonington Point the following afternoon. One among us had never picked
    > up a sextant before. We told him roughly what to do. He spent a few
    > minutes fiddling with the instrument and adjusting for that perfect
    > contact between the Sun and the Moon. We noted the time and then worked
    > up the sight. The error was 0.1 minutes of arc. A TENTH of a minute of
    > arc on his very first sextant sight! I suggested that he should retire.
    > Come on now... who wants the cookie? we're almost up to a hundred
    > messages ;-)
    > -FER
    > >

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