A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Francis Upchurch
Date: 2014 Jun 27, 04:48 -0700
I'm just out of hospital post op, and doing fine. But beached and therefore restricted to sextant readings and playing with slide rules while lying down in the garden overlooking the ocean. Tough life!
Coming round from the anaesthetic, (great for lateral thinking!) I had an idea re the Fuller 2. The main problem is lack of cosine scale, which means I have to convert all cosines to sines first. Simple, but tedious, time consuming and an unecessry source of errors. I never use the log scale on the big fuller 2, so have replaced it with another sine scale,same size ,but with cosine numbers in red and green going the other way. So I can now do all my cosine formulae cel nav calcs direct which halves the time.
I have adapted the minifuller 2 , with the sine scale now having added cosines numbers in red going the other way too. Works ok, but the big fuller 2 replica is more accurate and best for shore based work.
Over the next few days I'll do some comparative LOP calculations using long hand Haversines or Versines, Fuller 2, mini Fuller 2 and Bygrave and see what we get in terms of accuracy and speed. For lunar clearance, I suspect the big fuller 2 will win, but the minifuller 2 probably adequate and more seaworthy and with the Otis King format, a bit faster with less moves.