A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Bruce J. Pennino
Date: 2016 Oct 28, 16:12 -0400
or displayed. Sextants could be handled, almanacs could be shown, the “movement” of celestial bodies could be briefly explained. Methods of data acquisition and tying the data into major charts and location of continents, etc. Many different avenues depending on your special goals and interests. Many retired people really enjoy history and maybe how the history fits into the modern times. Finding latitude is so easy, finding longitude was more difficult, but charting rocks in a channel or precisely locating a continent required many different skills and hardworking men. This topic could be covered,maybe, in a couple of hours,even with some hands-on time??? Plus times for questions.....3 hours tops?
As a result of sitting through endless lectures at the university, I find that the enthusiasm of the professor far out weighs the exact topic of the lecture.
It may be the most scintillating topic on the planet, but if the lecturer has all the spirit of a damp dishrag, then the audience will notice and react.
A far less scintillating topic, given enthusiastically, will get rave audience reviews.
Choose topics that you feel strongly about, even if the topic rates a large negative from you. For example, it is clear that you are not a fan of the 2102-D. You have expressed strong opinions on the topic. Feel your blood boiling??? That would be one heck of a lecture! Seriously, very interesting!!
There are other topics which, I am quite sure, you feel very strongly about. Good. Pick those. If you don't care about a topic, no matter how critical it is to CN, then I suggest you avoid it.
I just read my recent Mystic Seaport Bulletin and there was a very successful “adventure series” afternoon and evening lecture recently.....265 people in the afternoon and 290 people in the evening.I’ve been to a couple of these and they are excellent. Usually the speaker presents the talk for an hour or so and answers questions for another 30 minutes. Free coffee and donuts!Because people are so busy, would a briefer lecture combined with some “ hands-on” be more popular? How about an afternoon or evening time slot??
Exotic topics to think about : Artificial horizons, dip short, backsights, daytime Venus, ultra high altitude GP circle of position, and sunrise/sunset LOP without a sextant. Something really far out would be longitude by jovian moons which could be an extra subject for the land navigation class.