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By Tom Cunliffe

Guiding a craft utilizing one of many oldest of the mariner's arts-celestial navigation As romantic--sounding as crusing to Tahiti did centuries in the past, utilizing the sunlight, moon, planets, and stars to lead one's boat at the seas is having fun with a comeback. in case you don't desire to be stuck brief while smooth expertise fails on board, realizing tips to chart a direction through a sextant is an important navigating ability. In Celestial Navigation , veteran yachtsman, Tom Cunliffe, finds how any boat proprietor can grasp this seafaring strategy, with no complicated arithmetic, utilizing his simplified method. Readers commence with a legitimate starting place of easy techniques and definitions, ahead of relocating directly to the hardware-the sextant and the way to exploit it. inside a couple of pages, you will be figuring out your range from a midday sight, and studying how you can plot a place from gazing the sunlight, planets, moon or stars-or at any place you can be at the world's oceans.Helps readers organize for the RYA Yachtsmaster Ocean examination, inclusive of celestial navigation as a demand comprises transparent diagrams and labored examples to assist consultant the beginner navigator re-creation has downloadable fabric, a brand new bankruptcy on digital navigation in addition to the bonus function of on-line video demonstrations even if getting down to sea on a quick or lengthy trip, Celestial Navigation is an important advisor to utilizing the solar, moon, planets, and stars as your guideposts domestic

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Indd 38 PM noon latitude run PL titude n o a rno on l afte to no k bac PM noon AM 7/15/2010 10:48:22 AM SUN SIGHTS 39 either a marine form running to several volumes, or a condensed version officially for aviators which gets the number of books down to three. The latter are more economical to buy and take up less room on board. They are nominally slightly less accurate than the marine equivalent because the air tables round up or down for decimals of minutes of declination. If this really worries you, making up the deficiency is merely a question of interpolation by eye.

In many ways it forms the basis for most of the subsequent chapters, so make sure you understand it thoroughly before standing on any further. If you take a forenoon sight like this at about 0930 local time and then run it up to your noon latitude by transferring the PL along your course line the appropriate number of miles, you will have a fix at the point where the transferred PL cuts the latitude (see page 38). com/celestial to download blank calculation forms. indd 42 7/15/2010 10:48:22 AM SUN SIGHTS 43 PRO FORMA FOR SUN SIGHT Date Watch time Correction GMT GHA (hrs) + Correction (mins/secs) GHA Assumed Long LHA Hc d Hc Assumed Lat z 180/360 Zn Hs Index Error Dip Apparent Alt Main Correction Ho Hc Intercept Declination (hrs) d difference Declination TOWARDS/AWAY Use the blank pro forma on the opposite page for your own working.

You might like to try it all the same because it could be extremely useful. I’m still working on it myself… SHOOTING A PLANET OR STAR Having identified your planet you’ll find shooting it is easier than the Sun. There is always a hint of doubt about when the Sun’s lower limb is perfectly on the horizon, but a star or planet is 7/14/2010 3:53:38 PM THE PLANETS 45 The planets are so much brighter than the stars that they are easy to identify and can be seen when the sky is quite bright. This is Venus rising (time-lapse photography).

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