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    Re: Just getting started
    From: Greg R_
    Date: 2007 Jan 17, 15:10 -0800
    Hi Gary, and welcome to the list.
     
    > I am not sure if this is the righ place for a beginner
    > to be judging from the topics I have looked
    > through. 
     
    I'd say you've landed on probably one of the best places on the 'Net for discussing celnav topics. And while the list members don't always necessarily agree with each other, I think you'll find that people treat each other with respect and contrary opinions are welcomed and discussed objectively without personal attacks.
     
    > I currently am working through Tom Tursi's ASA 106 book as
    > well as "A Star to Steer Her By" 
     
    To your list I'd also add Mary Blewitt's "Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen", (the late) Susan Howell's "Practical Celestial Navigation", and Tom Cunliffe's "Ocean Sailing" (which I was pleased to find also includes an in-color version of his fine "Celestial Navigation - A Yachtmaster's Guide" book). Arthur A. Birney's "Sun Sight Navigation" is good for a quick (and brief) introduction to the topic.
     
    And once you start getting up on the celnav curve I'd also recommend Leonard Gray's "100 Problems in Celestial Navigation" to practice with, maybe supplemented with some of the "How To With A Calculator" type books if you want to go that route.
     
    There's lots of other fine books out there but I don't want to overload you from the get-go...  ;-)  I've noticed that the various author's all seem to take a different approach to the subject, and I've found that it's really helpful (to me, at least) to have several different "hooks" to hang this stuff on.
     
    > Is this a place where I can ask beginner questions as I look
    > to learn this discipline? 
     
    You bet.  :-)
     
    > I am by no means a math wiz or astro physicist.
     
    No need for that... while a math/science/astronomy background is definitely helpful, if you can add and/or subtract a short list of figures that's pretty much all the math you need to know.
     
    And while I'd highly recommend knowing how to do it the "old-fashioned" way as an emergency backup (i.e. with no electronic aids - just a sextant, timepiece, almanac, sight-reduction tables, and plotting sheets), I think you'll find that calculators/computers/etc. have made the sight-reduction chores a trivial matter of just entering the right data and reading off the results.
     
    Good luck, have fun, welcome to the list, and feel free to post questions as needed.  :-)
     
    --
    GregR
     
     
     
    ----- Original Message -----
    To: "NavList" <NavList@fer3.com>
    Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 11:49 AM
    Subject: [NavList 2078] Just getting started

    >
    > I am just getting started in Celestial as my wife and I plan on doing
    > some blue water cruising in about 3 yrs.  Currently we are in st. Louis
    > and sail our Catalina 27 on Carlyle.  I am not sure if this is the righ
    > place for a beginner to be judging from the topics I have looked
    > through.  I currently am working through Tom Tursi's ASA 106 book as
    > well as "A Star to Steer Her By"  Is this a place where I can ask
    > beginner questionsas I look to learn this discipline?  I am by no means
    > a math wiz or astro physicist.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    >
    >
    >

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