A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Noell Wilson
Date: 2017 Jul 3, 06:50 -0700
Obviously, the military planners were eventually in favor of aircraft sextant averagers. Does anyone have reported, or direct, information on the navigators preferences or practices?
I ask because most of my time with an A-10 is spent chasing the bubble and correcting my own mistakes. During my flailing around, I'm usually thinking that I'd rather see one good image and stop than to try to maintain a continuously good image, adjust the reading, and wait while the averager takes all of its readings and times out.
Some aircraft sextants, like the MK-IV and A-10, allow you to think "that's it" and manually to record multiple readings but most later ones seem to take over and record on their own.
I'd expect that many navigators did as they were trained to do and used the averager without thinking about it. I haven't used one but I think that some aircraft sextant are only usable with the averager and the sight window is otherwise closed.
If a navigator could choose, would he or she take one or more good sights manually or use the averager?