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    Re: from a watcher
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2002 Oct 18, 19:49 -0400

    I'd be interested in looking at your form Mike. It might even compel me to
    take another shot at this table. I first tackled them when I spent three
    months in a remote camp on the north Yukon coast in 1990. I had the midnight
    to 4AM watch and all I did was take star shots and reduce them with Admiral
    Davies' tables. After my penance was over, I concluded that: 1) the tables
    require too damn many steps and 2) a form would be helpful if one insists on
    using them.  I never followed up on the latter.
    As I said before: Admiral Davies was a very intelligent man but one has to
    consider that not all of us are so well endowed.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Michael Wescott 
    Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 9:51 AM
    Subject: Re: from a watcher
    > Robert Eno  wrote:
    > > I do not recommend relying on the sight reduction tables in the
    > > Nautical Almanac. They are, in a word, difficult. I know because I
    > > tried and every time I thought that I had it aced, I'd end up making
    > > some really silly mistake. The tables are just too complex and require
    > > too many steps which opens one up to all kinds of errors.
    > That was my conclusion when I tried those tables the first few times. In
    > the end I decided that they were in need of a form. I did a crude one
    > and got my error rate down quite a bit. It needs a bit more work but
    > if I find a few more round tuits I'll polish it up and publish it here.
    > --
    >         Mike Wescott
    >         Wescott_Mike@EMC.COM

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