A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David Fleming
Date: 2019 Nov 22, 15:45 -0800
Using a series of sights is attractive if you think of error reduction but in the practice of navigation is not lkely to result in an improvement justifying the work.
Attached is a spreadsheet analysis of a long sequence of sights about MT that I carried out a while back. It turns out that for latitude determination the clasic take a few sight at or about MT, graph them and eyeball the peak or tangency to a sloped line appropriate to the rate of change of dec for that day works better than any fancy math.
I looked at rate analysis, plotting the rate of change of altitude over time, as a way of determining time of meridian transit and thereby longitude to a higher accuracy than graphing, to see if that is feasible. But here least squared fitting did a better job than just a rate plot and not enough better to justify the work.