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Old 06-10-2019, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by beowulff View Post
Yeah, but do I know how to find Polaris? If so, I can measure the distance above the horizon in "satphone units," and then call when the Sun has just risen, which give both Lat and Lon.
The more I think about it, I think that part is more about prohibiting someone from triangulating their position based on locating Venus, Betelgeuse, the Vogon Mothership, and Delta Airlines flight 954, and referring to one's photographic memory of almanacs and flight schedules; rather than an elementary "I see Polaris so I'm in the northern hemisphere." I'm still a little unclear as to whether "My fist is about 10 degrees of arc, so Polaris is 25 degrees above the horizon" falls afoul of the rule. I don't think it does.

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