Celestial Navigation

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Fernhurst, 1989 - Sports & Recreation - 63 pages
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Celestial navigation is one of the sailor's oldest arts -- and one of the most awe-inspiring. To many sailors, it represents the pinnacle of their ambition. In these pages, respected nautical Writer Tom Cunliffe plains how to master the art in easy stages. Beginning with a sound foundation of basic concepts and definitions, he moves on to the sextant and how to use it. From there, it's on to figuring latitude with a noon sight and plotting position by observing the sun, planets, moon and stars. The skills, applicable anywhere in the world, are illustrated with step-by-step photo sequences.

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Contents

Introduction
7
The Earth and the heavens
9
The sextant
21
The noon sight for latitude
28
Time
32
Position lines and plotting
35
Sun sights
38
The planets
45
The Moon
48
The stars
51
l0 Polaris the Pole Star
58
Compass checking on the ocean
60
l2 The shortest way
61
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About the author (1989)

Tom Cunliffe has been sailing for most of his life and has worked in all branches of the profession, both racing and cruising. He is an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner (Offshore and Ocean) and writes regularly for Yachting Monthly and Yachting World. He has sailed from the Caribbean to Russia and from Brazil to the Arctic.

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