A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Hanno Ix
Date: 2014 Dec 27, 18:01 -0800
how would you know you made an error?
If my life depended on the accuracy of sight reduction I would not sail without one.
Repeating the same method would not be advisable - not areal redundancy.
One obvious one would be two people doing two sight reductions
Numerous examples presented in the classical literature by expert authors
calculations, multiple tables etc. plus the appearent absence of redundancy
make an excellent recipe for committing errors.
this assumption of an error being wrong.
Would you use the Bygrave first and then check with a BN?
Apologies I made an error on the Bygrave. Several check repeats now give 4059 nm distance. 25˚55’ course.
Merry Xmas Navlist folk.
The following probably adversely affected by seasonal excesses.
Bygrave: Course 25˚55’, dist 4063nm. Took 2 minutes. (substitute Dec= arrival lat, LHA (t) = difference longitude.)
Brown-Nassau prototype: Course 26˚. Dist 4070nm. Took 1min 30 secs approx.
What is the best ,correct answer?
The Great Circle Challenge
Clearly, from recent posts, we all have a favoured way of solving great circle sailings (which we’ll probably never use for real). Let’s put them to the test by trying something a bit more complicated like a southern to northern hemisphere crossing combined with a crossing of 180degrees E/W. How about emulating Captain Cook by travelling from Cook Strait (CS), New Zealand to Waimea Bay (WB), Kauai, Hawaii? Cook followed the pretty route, but we’ll go direct by great circle. The coordinates are CS 41d 30’S, 174d30’E to WB 21d57’N, 159d 40’W. Use your favourite method and report back on your answer, the time it took you, and any difficulties encountered.
I’ll stick with the diagram method, because at least I’ll know what I’m trying to prove, and I won’t have as many rules to remember and apply which might or might not work. Dave