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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The Earth and the heavens
The noon sight for latitude
Position lines and plotting
l0 Polaris the Pole Star
Compass checking on the ocean
l2 The shortest way