A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David C
Date: 2021 Sep 8, 16:09 -0700
I have scanned through my newly aquired volume "Self Contained Celestial Navigation" by JS Letcher. The author is clearly a fan of lunars, describng a solo voyage without radio and a cheap timepiece. He became concerned about the accuracy of the timepiece and used a lunar to to satisfy himself that he would make a safe landfall. The chapters dealing with lunars seem quite readable although I haven't read them yet.
I believe that lunars went out of regular use in the 1850s. This is an example of a lunar in 1963.
Frank you have been scathing of Cotter's explanation of lunars. How well does Letcher do? Would his lunar chapters form a useful "Introduction to Lunars"? Is it worth my while rto study the pages? A few years ago I tried to become a lunatic but quickly gave up. There seemed to be a zillion methods of clearing the sight when all I wanted was something that was easy and worked.