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    Re: Help for beginner
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2015 Dec 20, 21:32 -0800

    Well, you can't find your position by a noon shot, you can only determine your latitude with a noon sight, not your longitude. You can determine your position (if you are not moving) by taking a sun sight in the morning and then one in the afternoon, these two shots will provide a latitude and a longitude. You have a lot to learn and i don't mean that in a bad way, a lot of interesting things to learn. 

    Here is a link to a WW2 flight navigation manual that explains celestial navigation. (Don't be confused by the use of the bubble sextant in airplanes, the same methods are used with a marine sextant.

    http://aafcollection.info/items/documents/view.php?file=000198-01-06.pdf

    http://aafcollection.info/items/documents/view.php?file=000198-01-00.pdf

    http://aafcollection.info/items/documents/view.php?file=000021-01-04.pdf

    Here is a link to the current Navy navigation manual.

    http://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal?_nfpb=true&_st=&_pageLabel=msi_portal_page_62&pubCode=0002

    And a link to the current tables used for celestial navigation.

    http://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal?_nfpb=true&_st=&_pageLabel=msi_portal_page_62&pubCode=0012

    https://www.celestaire.com/pubs/category/3-pub-249.html

    You'll need an almanac, download it here for free:

    http://aa.usno.navy.mil/publications/docs/aira.php

    You can check you computations here:

    http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/celnavtable.php

    You are embarking on a an intersting quest, welcome aboard.

    gl

       
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