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    Re: fix with the noon shot...
    From: Johan Smit
    Date: 1997 Oct 28, 11:06 PM

    > At 05:01 PM 10/27/97 -0500, Pierre H Boucher wrote:
    > >An other solution would be to preset the sextant to a lower
    > >altitude (5, 10, or 15 minutes prior to meridian passage) and when
    > >the sun going up reaches the preset altitude, note the time.
    Hi all,
    Why bother? If the sextant reading does not appreciably go higher any
    more, you are near enough noon. What does it matter if you are a few
    minutes off noon? The sun does not move much vertically around noon.
    The error is certainly less than I had due to swells. That bothered
    me a lot in the little 28' sloop I recently did a solo Atlantic
    crossing in. The readings on the crest differed much from readings in
    the trough.
    Johan Smit
    P.O.Box 9551 George 6530 RSA
    Tel +2744,8745533
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