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Chris12345 06-04-2012 05:33 AM

Celestial Nevigation - Book recommendations sought
 
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dnf777 06-04-2012 05:51 AM

Re: Celestial Nevigation - Book recommendations sought
 
I went through several before finally landing upon Starpath.com. It is an online course, but the book it comes with is by far the best and most thorough I came across. Also, it is a very complex topic, and when you get stuck on a topic, its very nice to be able to have instant access to experts who do an excellent job replying. There is an online forum classroom where almost every question you may think of has already been asked and covered. I have no vested interest in starpath, other than I feel they deserve a large amount of praise for running a great online course.

chall03 06-04-2012 08:15 AM

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

I did actually at a point in my life in a moment of lunacy and romanticism learn Celestial Navigation. When I asked around the book that most of those in the know recommended was celestial navigation for Yachtsman by Mary Blewitt.

It certainly proved very helpful. Other books I read were either too detailed in ways unnecessary for what is required or just difficult to follow. This book I found was the most concise easy to follow guide.

Hey if I can learn Celestial Navigation from this book then anyone can :)

svHyLyte 06-04-2012 09:00 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by chall03 (Post 880119)
Ok, all discussion of why you would want to learn it, or how much use it is in 2012, aside.........

I did actually at a point in my life in a moment of lunacy and romanticism learn Celestial Navigation. When I asked around the book that most of those in the know recommended was celestial navigation for Yachtsman by Mary Blewitt.

It certainly proved very helpful. Other books I read were either too detailed in ways unnecessary for what is required or just difficult to follow. This book I found was the most concise easy to follow guide.

Hey if I can learn Celestial Navigation from this book then anyone can :)

When I learned Celestial, I also learned from Mary Blewitt's book. Little theory but good on essential methodology. Theory and refinements came later from a number of other texts. Most folks are really only interested in being able to lay down LOP's and take noon Lat's so Blewitt's book is quite good.

FWIW...

cb32863 06-04-2012 01:17 PM

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The book that the Starpath class uses. It is also the ASA 107 certification textbook. I thought it was a great book and very informative. As for those that deride you for wanting to learn celestial..... oh well. Some folks find doing celestial fun, want to see how they did it in the old days or just have an interest..... No harm in that as far as I am concerned....

SlowButSteady 06-04-2012 01:39 PM

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http://www.celnav.de/astro.zip
http://www.phaup.net/barefoot/photos...s/Bowditch.pdf

TQA 06-04-2012 01:43 PM

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Another vote for Celestial Navigation for Yachtsman by Mary Blewitt.

smurphny 06-04-2012 02:43 PM

Re: Celestial Nevigation - Book recommendations sought
 
Another vote for Blewitt.

hellosailor 06-04-2012 04:24 PM

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IIRC the introduction in Blewitt says right up front that it is designed for a lifeboat, i.e. here's what you do and screw the logic behind it, just do it.

Mixter's Primer of Navigation is a much thicker old-fashioned book that covers the history, logic, progression of navigation and presents things in a much more comprehensive fashion. I'd say there's certainly room for both approaches, because understanding how the 'machine' works, makes it a much different experience.

smurphny 06-04-2012 07:46 PM

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Exactly. The Blewitt book is pretty good at presenting the general picture of what you're trying to do, although some parts could use clearer illustrations. Getting the brain around the three dimensional "picture" of the general theory is necessary before tackling the theory behind it. The trig is not all that difficult once it becomes clear what you're trying to accomplish. I found that, as in any other new learning curve, really understanding the terminology was the most difficult. That Starpath book looks like a good one.


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