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    Re: Celestial method
    From: Dan Hogan
    Date: 1997 Feb 17, 13:03 EST

    One of each. I use a calculator for primary Celestial and keep a set of
    tables onboard. Trick is you need to know how to use both. I would also
    carry a GPS. But for tables use a set you find easy to use. You don't
    really need 0.5' accuracy on a small boat. You do maintain a DR of course?
    TABLES
    229: are large 6 Volumes and bulky. Small type. Covers the world and all
          situations. Learning curve. $11.60(US)
    249: are large 3 volumes. Designed for air navigation. Limited in
    declination. The star volume is limited to 57 selected stars, never
    found a need for moreEasy to use. Good type size. The binding is a
    plastic ring hinge. Don't get them soaked. Easy learning curve. In 5
    years of use I never needed more accuracy $11.60(US) THESE WOULD BE MY
    CHOICE FOR YOU.
    SHORT TABLES: I would wait until you have more knowledge and experience.
    CALCULATORS
    Celesticomp V: $279.00(US) My first choice.
    Merlin II: If you can't find a Celesticomp $229.00(US)
    HP or TI programmable calculators: You can program your own formulae or buy
    a    card with navigation program. The cost/w card is about the same as a
     Celesticomp/Merlin.
    I have total faith with any electronic system that I can take skindiving.
    Don't forget the Nautical Almanac $16.95(US). And the usual plotting tools.
    At 07:00 2/17/97 +0000, Johan Smit Wrote
    [Snip]
    >I have sailed before, but never alone, and never had to do the
    >navigation.
    >Now I will be doing an ocean crossing alone, and need to decide on a
    >method of celestial navigation. Calculator, tables, which tables or
    >program?
    >Please advise me on your experience.
    [Snip]
    Dan Hogan
        West Covina, CA
        dhhogan{at}XXX.XXX
    

       
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