ST weapon accuracy and range

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[[Image:TNG 4x12 enterprise galor.JPG|thumb|left|''Trager'' fires on ''Enterprise'']]It should also be noted that the ships involved in the battle are travelling at [[warp drive|warp speeds]], so a gap of 300,000 km could easily drop to zero in less than a second.  It may also be worth noting that the ''Phoenix'' engaged with [[photon torpedo|torpedoes]], and the Cardassian ship was pursuing the ''Phoenix'': the ''Phoenix'' would therefore have been running away from any torpedoes fired by the Cardassian ship, while the Cardassian ship was running toward the torpedoes fired by the ''Phoenix'', possibly explaining the "out of range" statement (assuming torpedoes have greater range than phasers).  
 
[[Image:TNG 4x12 enterprise galor.JPG|thumb|left|''Trager'' fires on ''Enterprise'']]It should also be noted that the ships involved in the battle are travelling at [[warp drive|warp speeds]], so a gap of 300,000 km could easily drop to zero in less than a second.  It may also be worth noting that the ''Phoenix'' engaged with [[photon torpedo|torpedoes]], and the Cardassian ship was pursuing the ''Phoenix'': the ''Phoenix'' would therefore have been running away from any torpedoes fired by the Cardassian ship, while the Cardassian ship was running toward the torpedoes fired by the ''Phoenix'', possibly explaining the "out of range" statement (assuming torpedoes have greater range than phasers).  
  
The battle between the ''Enterprise'' and the Cardassian warship, ''Trager'', earlier in the episode, further disproves any optimistic interpretation of Data's range description. As the screenshot to the left shows, the ships engage at a range of several hundred meters. Presumably, the Cardassians closed optimum range to maximize the effect of catching the Federation starship off-guard. Even so, the Trager's ambush caused only minor damage.
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The battle between the ''Enterprise'' and the Cardassian warship, ''Trager'', earlier in the episode, further disproves any optimistic interpretation of Data's range description. As the screenshot to the left shows, the ships engage at a range of several hundred meters. Presumably, the Cardassians closed to optimum range to maximize the effect of catching the Federation starship off-guard. Even so, the ''Trager's'' ambush caused only minor damage.
  
 
===TNG "The Arsenal of Freedom"===
 
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