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    Re: The mil as a unit of angle.
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2003 Mar 13, 15:50 -0400

    Richard Pisko wrote:
    > One "advantage" is that the old points on a compass rose can
    > be matched to even numbers on the US mil system.  For
    > example: 0 is North and 1600 is East.  800 is NE.  400 is
    > NNE.  200 is N by E.  300 would be NE by N, I think.
    > I have no idea what would correspond to 100mils.
    North one-half East
    300 mils would be North North East one-half North. There is no such
    thing as North East by North, which would be a full point northward from
    North East and so identical to North by East (i.e. 200 mil). The
    odd-numbered points are always named from the nearest cardinal or
    ordinal point (e.g. North or North East), not from the intermediate
    ("inter-ordinal"?) ones like North North East.
    50 mil would be North one-quarter East and 150 mil North three-quarters
    East. Again, the quarter points are named from the nearest cardinal or
    ordinal point.
    Now that wasn't really so hard, was it? (Not to compare with the
    complexity of lunars as a way of telling the time anyway!)
    Trevor Kenchington
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