Historic Questions

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Historic Questions

Post by David Stanton » Tue May 09, 2017 11:54 am

by SteveS on Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:08 pm

Jim, I have read that accurate astronomical tables did not exist until the 17th century to produce accurate Solar & Lunar Returns. Do you generally agree with this statement?

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Re: Historic Questions

Post by David Stanton » Tue May 09, 2017 11:54 am

by Jim Eshelman on Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:14 pm
SteveS wrote:
Jim, I have read that accurate astronomical tables did not exist until the 17th century to produce accurate Solar & Lunar Returns. Do you generally agree with this statement?
No. The ancients had really accurate methods. Particularly with Lunar Returns, it was no big deal to get close enough - for example, Ptolemy's Almagest could get that close.

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