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Ok, all discussion of why you would want to learn it, or how much use it is in 2012, aside.........

Maybe not in 2012...but when the zombie apocalypse hits, I want to be ready...The safest place will be the sea..I will roam the Oceans like Kevin Costner in Waterworld ( Yes it was a horrible movie)...Just need to watch out for zombie pirates and smokers...

I learned CN while in the Naval Sea Cadets, of course that was 30 years ago and forgot most of what I learned, but I recently picked up a copy of THE SEXTANT HANDBOOK by Bruce Bauer...I now feel prepared to face end times...OK, I gotta get back to reloading ammo...
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Re: Celestial Nevigation - Book recommendations sought

CN is alive and well! I use it every time I sail to confirm that I am in the vicinity of Lake Arthur in western Pa. Haven't been wrong yet! ;-)
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CN is alive and well! I use it every time I sail to confirm that I am in the vicinity of Lake Arthur in western Pa.
Me too!! Unfortunately, I'm actually on Santa Monica Bay, in California.
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Re: Celestial Nevigation - Book recommendations sought

I loved "Celestial Navigation in a Nutshell" by Hewitt Schlereth.

Clear, practical, a little history, entertaining. Easy read.

Gotta love this stuff.

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Re: Celestial Nevigation - Book recommendations sought

Step By Step Sextant Users Guide
http://www.bethandevans.com/pdf/Sext...%20GuideV6.pdf
It's free and was written by someone who was completely frustrated with the books on the market - Me!
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I too am preparing to learn this dying art. I am a bit intriqued by the whole thing and look forward to it.

There are a lot of nay-sayers out there on the subject, about how useless it is in this "modern world" of ours. But what if you were out on an ocean passage and the ultra reliable government(s) shut the GPS signal off. Or what if the Myans just happen to be right and things crash down (or up) around us and a few are left to re-discover what is left. How will they get around without a signal to lock on to with their useless techno gadgets?

I say good for you Chris. I am going to use the Starpath program; looks very good and has a lot of positive feedback.
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I too am preparing to learn this dying art. I am a bit intriqued by the whole thing and look forward to it.

There are a lot of nay-sayers out there on the subject, about how useless it is in this "modern world" of ours. But what if you were out on an ocean passage and the ultra reliable government(s) shut the GPS signal off. Or what if the Myans just happen to be right and things crash down (or up) around us and a few are left to re-discover what is left. How will they get around without a signal to lock on to with their useless techno gadgets?

I say good for you Chris. I am going to use the Starpath program; looks very good and has a lot of positive feedback.
I think you got it right in your first sentence. It is an art, to be done for the reason anyone pursues an 'art' for a sense of achievement and self satisfaction. It was for these reasons I pursued it.

While I wouldn't go as far as to say it is useless, I do think the argument for it being a necessary skill for offshore sailing has now passed.

If Mayan end of world prophecy proves true, or if the US government reaches a point where it's military systems are rendered inoperable I am not sure I personally would ever want to find shore again
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Re: Celestial Nevigation - Book recommendations sought

AFAIK, the US Navy still uses Bowditch. The course I took used Mixter. Blewitt's book looked interesting, so I got it too. They all seem to work. Now all I need is my own sextant...
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AFAIK, the US Navy still uses Bowditch. The course I took used Mixter. Blewitt's book looked interesting, so I got it too. They all seem to work. Now all I need is my own sextant...
I seem to recall hearing that they recently stopped teaching celestial navigation at Annapolis. If they don't teach it there, I doubt the rest of the Navy does either.
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Re: Celestial Nevigation - Book recommendations sought

"AFAIK, the US Navy still uses Bowditch."
And they'd damn well better, because they (NOAA, DMA, GSIA, whoever it is this week) still maintain and publish the damned thing. And of course it goes well beyond simple celestial nav.

"I seem to recall hearing that they recently stopped teaching celestial navigation at Annapolis." IIRC at least five years ago it changed from mandatory to optional?

Of course when laser-ring gyroscopes ramped down from a quarter million to a mere fifty cent integrated part, I'm sure that changed the whole field of inertial navigation systems as well.
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