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    History of celestial navigation booklist: was- Is Navigation mailing list finished?
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2006 Jul 9, 16:19 -0500

    Goy Schwartz added this to his earlier question-
    
    "I stumbled on to this:
    Taking the Stars: Celestial Navigation from Argonauts to Astronauts
    (Hardcover)
    by Peter Ifland
    
    I ordered it from Amazon $63.00 anyone have it already?
    Guy"
    
    ===========================
    
    From George-
    
    Of course! I'm kicking myself that I didn't include it in my reading
    list. It's a magnificent book, with superb photos of instruments,
    including many unusual ones, mostly from the author's own collection,
    which he has passed on to the Mariners Museum at Newport News.
    
    Peter Ifland is a longstanding member of the nav-l list, and an
    occasional contributor.
    
    His book is mainly an account of the instruments that were observed
    with, avoiding mathematical detail about the navigation itself, but
    the descriptions of the observations are clear and correct. Guy could
    not have done better. There is also plenty for those interested in air
    navigation, and lots of stuff, not to be found elsewhere, about
    artificial horizons and rangefinders.
    
    Another book, that I keep on advocating, on a more specialised topic
    is "The Quest for Longitude", ed.William J H Andrewes, Harvard 1996. A
    big book and an expensive one, it's the proceedings of a conference,
    but a much better read than conference proceedings usually are. If
    you're interested in the history of timekeeping at sea, this is for
    you. Also some stuff on lunars, but much less than on watches.
    
    :George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
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