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    Azimuth bearing on celestial bodies
    From: T. Shanklin
    Date: 2005 Aug 20, 14:18 -0700

    What is the best way to find an approximate bearing on a celestial body or
    conversely, to find a celestial body using a bearing?  I've been doing it
    lately by simply facing forward in the direction of the sun/planet/moon
    after shooting a sextant sight and trying to be accurate using my trusty
    Silva hiking compass with sighting mirror.  This has worked well in the past
    for getting rough estimates which I use as a check on my calculated azimuth.
      But I just recently purchased a Starfinder 2102-D and find that I might
    need a more accurate way to find a bearing in help locating the desired
    star.  I'm thinking I'll just stand facing the general direction with the
    sextant set for the proper altitude of the body (according to 2102-D) and
    start scanning.  But then this just seems somewhat inaccurate and dicey to
    me.  Do I need a handbearing compass?  It seems that any advantage of a
    handbearing compass would be obviated by the fact that it must be tilted up
    at an angle to get a truly accurate reading, and tilting compasses (in my
    experience) causes the card to become dampened, thus no actual bearing can
    be found.  How is this done by other navigators, short of purchasing an
    astrocompass?
                                                          Todd Shanklin
                                                         Long Beach, CA
    
    
    
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