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Celestial Navigation Fun!

Have you always wanted to learn celestial navigation, but been thwarted by the cost of a sextant, or (more likely) by those impenetrable and stupefyingly dull navigation books?

I'm stuck on shore for a few weeks, refilling my cruising kitty, but I'm putting this time to good use by brushing up my celestial navigation, and blogging about it.

I'll be starting with the simplest sight possible: a noon Sun sight, demonstrating how you can do this with the minimum amount of math and mumbo-jumbo.

If you follow along, you won't learn everything there is to know about celestial navigation, but it should clear up some of the mystery. If I do my job right, you should end up saying, "Hey, this celestial navigation stuff isn't so hard, after all!"

No sextant required, just a pencil and some graph paper and maybe a simple calculator.

If you're interested, here's the link to my blog:

The Unlikely Boat Builder: Celestial Navigation Fun!

Join us for some summer celestial fun!

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Took ASA 117 Basic Celestial last winter. Will be nice to have some stuff to play with. Count me in.....

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I'm game! I have been reading sky and sextant. A book on this very thing. So count me in.
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Thanks! I'll be there!
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done that for years as a third & second Mate... Now do it occasionally just for the mental exercise.
Have a nice C-Plath sextant that I break out every now and then to practice with also.

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I'm going to look into buying one as soon as a couple other projects are out of the way.

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I'll be following along, even though I'm rarely out of sight of land.
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Sounds like fun... I'll follow along as well.

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