A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Wolfgang Köberer
Date: 2014 Jun 13, 00:02 -0700
You can read about the history of modern sight reduction tables here:
Cotter, Charles H., Studies in Maritime History. Vol. 1: A History of Nautical Astronomical Tables, London 1977 (unfortunatel<y only in microform)
Anderson, E.W. and D.H. Sadler, The Genesis of the E.A.N.T.s., in: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6 (1953), 333 - 357.
Inspection tables are also treated in:
Williams, J.E.D., Air Navigation Systems. Chapter 1: Astronomical Navigation in the Air 1919 - 1969. Part 1 - Sight Reduction, in: Journal of Navigation, Vol. 41 (1988), 375 - 406.
About the precursors:
Cotter, Charles H., The development of Nautical Astronomical Inspection Tables in the period from 1770 to 1919, in: Vistas in Astronomy, Vol. 20, Part 1 (1976), 245 - 247.