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Re: Question for the Cel Nav Pros
Love the elegance of celestial. Like you when starting out practiced on land. Being near the ocean didn’t need to use an artificial horizon.
Still I learned celestial to not take the time penalty on Marion Bermuda races. So practiced on the boat. Boy was that a huge wake up call. It’s so much harder to do on a boat. Even simple things like getting local noon or lower limb of the moon.
Really glad you’re learning this skill. But if you can practice on a boat. Even if it’s just on a big lake with a chop. See how you do getting both your sight done and recording the time.
Think the mechanics of a good sight is harder than the rest of it. Personally never got better than magnitude 1 stars, moon, planets and sun on the boat.