A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Howard G
Date: 2021 Dec 21, 14:50 -0800
Just found this resource - some really interesting articles here - for ex-flyboys though.
And some interesting posts navy and airforce.
An interesting - state of the union - I work in Canberra - ACT - Australia. (though I live in the Southern Higlands of NSW - North of Canberra 180 kms - 2800 ft up (where I will be re-learning asto with both a marine and bubble sextant).
Went outside lastnight around 2100 local time (+11 GMT) - and almost directly overhead was Orions belt - I was looking approximately North + - 10 deg -
Anyway my story on navigation - for those not familar with the geography - Australia is a big country with big drives between towns.
Anyway a staff member was telling me she was going to Brisbane (she said down to Brisbane) but driving inland then to Brisbane.
So to get you all orientated - Brisbane is approx 1184 km NNE of Canberra - a 12 hr drive up the pacific hwy. - however she was driving using her mobile GPS to get there inland where there is no mobile tower to lock her GPS onto.
She is 25 - has a partner and a young child - and admits a total lack of understanding of maps, navigation - what NSWE is - or were North is - and how even to find herslef on a map.
That is the state of the union folks!!
I took her outside - had an old mercator in my car of Canberra and surrounds - It was midday local -- so showing how to find North with your watch (of course she had a digital watch) - was difficult to conceptualise.
I showed her that every map has a North pointing pointer somewhere on it.
Showed hoer how to orientate the map to north - and a quick 10 min navig course.
Which sadly probably went straight out the otherside of her brain -.....
Oh well folks I tried
Roll on Xmas and the arrival of my marine sextant.