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    Re: reason for using the term sextant shot?
    From: John Brenneise
    Date: 1999 Jan 06, 15:13 EST

    I suspect that the reason is that, when you're taking a "shot" with a
    rifle, to aim the
    rifle, you line up the "bead" on the end of the rifle with the notch in
    the slot which is
    closer to the stock.  Geometrically speaking, lining up a celestial
    object with the
    horizon when using a sextant is a similar activity.
    John
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    > From: 	Rick Emerson[SMTP:rick{at}XXX.XXX]
    > Reply To: 	Rick Emerson
    > Sent: 	Wednesday, January 06, 1999 5:06 AM
    > To: 	Russell Sher
    > Cc: 	'navigation{at}XXX.XXX'
    > Subject: 	[Nml] reason for using the term sextant "shot"?
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    > Russell Sher writes:
    >  > Hi - some time ago I came across the reason for the term "shot" as
    > in "noon
    >  > shot" etc. - Does anyone know ? I believe that it is because the
    > early
    >  > navigation tools eg. cross staff resembled a bow. Does anyone know
    > more on
    >  > this?
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    > Well, let me take a shot at answering this... [wink]  Seriously, I
    > suspect the term's origin is as simple as using "shot" as an alternate
    > word for "having a go".  Also, "shot" and "sight" aren't too far apart
    > as to how they sound.  Either that or it's mnemonic (memory aid) for
    > the items you need to collect to get a sun line...
    > Sun
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    > Offset
    > Time
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    > Just kidding, folks!
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    > Rick
    > S/V One With The Wind, Baba 35
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