...into the valley of Grant rode the intrepid debunker...
Okay, this seems simple enough that I could get in on the act.
It's "Predictions Of The Moon's Location" - "Actual Moon Location" = "Anomalies (if any)"...right?
So Grant wants some measurements...okay, here's what I got.
1) -- a watch
2) -- a WWV radio to set the watch
3) -- an accurate Boy Sprout-style orienteering compass (knowing the local magnetic declination would be nice, right?)
4) -- two astrolabes (of modern construction but of classic design)
5) -- a Davis Mk3 sextant (the inexpensive plastic training model that's still accurate enough to go to sea with), complete with all instruction books and Artificial Horizon
6) -- installed copies of RedShift and StarryNight Enthusiast.
The computer programs will let me get at least projected Az/El of the Moon after I take and record some sights over a few nights...if I'm lucky, it'll stay clear for awhile and I can rack up a few observations a night.
Anyone see a legitimate hole in the equipment list or the plan of operation?
UPDATE: according to the magnetic declination calculator of the National Geophysical Data Center (home page located here -- click the link for declination), the MD for Dayton OH is 5 deg 33 min, increasing 5 min westerly per year...