A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Greg Rudzinski
Date: 2015 Aug 10, 16:51 -0700
I calibrate using the Sun and an H20 artificial horizon for high altitudes. For lower altitudes a natural horizon from the beach at a height of eye of 7 ft. is used. A timed image is taken every 2 minutes of time on the artificial horizon and every 4 minutes for the natural horizon. A sight reduction is worked up for each image from a known position to get a zero intercept. Minutes of arc per pixel is determined for the measured pixel spread. The 35mm lens on a Canon Rebel 10MP DSLR will have about .57' per pixel multiplier plus or minus a correction in minutes of arc. The full set of corrections can be graphed so that any pixel spread will give an Hs. I will be posting results when horizon and sky permit. Focus has to be at infinite to maintain a fixed focal length. ISO, f-stop, and shutter speed are free to vary. It is best to favor a fast shutter speed.
From: Norm Goldblatt
Date: 2015 Aug 9, 21:50 -0700