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We present an analysis of astrometric data from Fine Guidance Sensor 3 (FGS 3), a white-light interferometer on HST, and of radial velocity data from two ground-based campaigns. We model the astrometric and radial velocity measurements simultaneously to obtain parallax, proper motion, and component masses for Wolf 1062 (Gl 748; M3.5 V). To derive the mass fraction, we relate FGS 3 fringe scanning observations of the science target to a reference frame provided by fringe tracking observations of a surrounding star field. We obtain an absolute parallax (πabs = 98.0 ± 0.4 mas) yielding MA = 0.379 ± 0.005 M and MB = 0.192 ± 0.003 M, high-quality component masses with errors of only 1.5%.

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P. D. Hemenway has a dual appointment with the Graduate School of Oceanography and Department of Physics.