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    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2003 Jan 15, 15:48 -0500

    Herbert Prinz wrote,
    
    >ILooking at your data, it appears that most of the observed
    >distances suffer from
    >transcription errors.
    >
    >For moon/Jupiter lines 4 to the last: Read 52� instead of 53�.
    >For moon/Aldebaran, from the 2nd line on: Read 68� instead of 69�.
    >For moon/Sun, for all seven obs. Dist. read 103� instead of 104�.
    >
    
    Arrgh!  You are correct there are errors in the observed altitudes.
    The error is a rounding one.  For consistency of units, I reported
    the observed altitude rather than the direct sextant readings because
    my sextant reads to 10 seconds rather than tenths or fifths of a
    minute.  The degree portion of the observed altitudes with minutes
    portion above one half a degree were rounded up by the computer when
    I shortened them to zero decimal places for this post.
    
    Thank you also for drawing the distinction between the method of
    reducing the sight, for direct methods, and the inputs into the
    method.
    
    mutter, mutter, damn hexigesimals.
    
    Fred
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