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    Re: lunar attempt
    From: Arthur Pearson
    Date: 2003 May 12, 08:26 -0400

    Steven,
    
    I poked around aa-55 until it became obvious that you had done a
    considerable amount of programming to get it to produce your lunar distance
    table.  C code is way beyond my capabilities, so I have retreated to the
    safety of my spreadsheets.
    
    If you want to make any form of your code available, I would be happy to
    post it on www.LD-DEADLINK-com if it is a reasonable size.  Even a
    simplified version that published a standard set of 8 distances for a
    specified object for a specified day might be helpful.  I certainly would
    use it to explore what distances might be available for times when I plan to
    be at sea (eg. June 14 - 17 when I know the sun is out of distance but would
    have to do a lot of tinkering with my spreadsheets to figure out what stars
    might be usable during the evening).
    
    Let me know if this is a practical idea, and don't worry if it is not.  We
    all have to limit our volunteer programming hours.
    
    Regards,
    Arthur Pearson
    
    
    ----Original Message Follows----
    From: Steven Wepster 
    Reply-To: Steven Wepster 
    To: NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM
    Subject: Re: lunar attempt
    Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 10:41:09 +0200
    
    Arthur,
    
    Gordon was right that aa-54g is an older version of aa-55. I have written
    some scripts (bash and awk, for unix friends) that make heavy use of aa to
    select suitable bodies and compute lunar distances, and then call LaTeX to
    produce the table. If people are interested then maybe I can put them on a
    web site. I hasitate to share the code because I am not a professional
    programmer, the code is badly documented (if at all) and not very stable
    (sensitive to the version of the awk program, for example).
    
    
    Steven
    
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     >Steven,
     >
     >I looked at http://www.moshier.net/ per Dan Allan's suggestion but could
     >not find the "aa-54g" program. I would love to be able to produce these
     >distance tables, were did you find the program you used to produce them.
     >
     >Thanks,
     >Arthur
    
    
    Arthur Pearson
    arthurpearson---.com
    
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