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    Learning time sights and lunars online.
    From: Doug MacPherson
    Date: 2020 May 17, 14:55 -0700

    I recently took online versions of Frank Reed's "Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail, and "Lunars - Finding Longitude by Lunar Distances" courses.  

    Living in California, it's always been tough justifying a trip to Mystic Ct. to take the classes there.

    I could not have been more happy with the instruction. Having originally learned post WWII celestial methods as an officer in the US. Navy, and taken it up as a hobby, I was quite familiar with the era's procedures. However, I was intriqued by how they managed prior to then. Frank's two classes filled that void.  His vast knowledge of the subject (often on display at NavList), both the technical aspects of the work as well as the historical significance were perfectly balanced.  

    These are classes that can be thoroughly enjoyed by both novice and well versed practitioner alike. Recipes for doing the work, the science behind those recipes, and actual voyages by the sailors that practiced the art were all presented with wonderful clarity. If "time sights", "cleared lunar distances" or "apparent time" have ever roused an interest, you owe it to yourself to take one of Frank's classes.

    Doug MacPherson

       
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