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Old 12-28-2001
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Celestial Navigation

I originally learned celestial navigation from a text book that I picked up at a second hand store. It was designed to work with a standard set of step by step forms. It was a time consuming process to reduce a sight. Today there are easier methods and specially designed calculators that make reducing a sight much easier and there seems to be reasonably clearly written texts out there. I looked at one at Barnes and Noble not that long ago.

There also are schools and videos on the subject. School of Ocean Sailing offers live-aboard celestial navigation courses.

You can download a short guide to Celesial Navigation at:

Some local Power Squadrons will periodically run a celestial navigation course.

One thing I found with Celestial Navigation is that it is strictly use it of loose it. I have not done anything with celectial navigation in over 20 years and doubt that I could take a good sight or reduce a sight without a lot of struggling.

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