OK, so Celestial Navigation seems 'old school' in the world of electronic navigation using Chartplotters, GPS and the like. But, when you are sailing, you have all kinds of time on your hands so why not take some time to learn this skill? Before all the modern 'stuff', people have used sextants for navigating and it's fun on a passage to take some readings to see how close you are to GPS. It's also a requirement for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean rating to know how to use a sextant. I have many books on using sextants but this one is simple, to the point and easy to understand even for a guy like me!
Written by Tom Cunliffe
Celestial navigation is the one of the oldest of the mariner's arts - and one of the most awe-inspiring. To guide a small boat across the trackless oceans using only a simple measuring device - the sextant - and the knowledge of the sun, moon and stars is a skill that borders on the magical.
In these pages Tom Cuncliffe shows how to master the art in easy stages. Starting from a sound foundation of basic concepts and definitions, he moves on to the hardware: the sextant and how to use it. within a few pages he has you down on the beach, shooting the sun. From there it is a short step to working out your latitude from a noon sight, and learning how to plot a position from observation of the sun, planets, moon or stars - wherever you may be on the world's oceans.
Published by Wiley Nautical first in 2006, this is the 2nd edition published in 2010 and has 64 pages in softcover format. The ISBN is 978-1898660750 and our rating for this book is ☆☆☆☆☆
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