A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
Date: 2015 Feb 12, 19:19 -0000
Isn’t it just the fun of doing a really interesting and intellectually challenging hobby, with wonderful history?
With multiple GPS/ smart phone backups, the idea it is a viable, robust (sextants?, you must be joking, my water proof and bounce proof £70 gps is virtually indestructible)) non electronic alternative is dubious. I just love sextants, slide rules and traditional and historical cel nav. Great hobby. In extremis, I use the GPS/ chart plotter for safety every time. If the USA pull GPS, we are likely in some sort of Armageddon ? Then maybe, but who cares?
Joy! Keep the faith fellow enthusiasts!
Yes I am boatless these days and my celestial nav activities of late have been from my place of residence.
This does not serve any real purpose except to prove my house is firmly aground.
I do plan to go back to taking sights in my travels and am trying to improve upon the methods I used many years ago. All this could be classified as savage amusement of a sort but there is no other explanation except that it is truly a disease acquired by handling things of a nautical nature such as sextants and bosuns pipes. I was not so distracted until I picked up a sextant that had been lying idle in a cupboard for many years and the 'I wonders' set in and here we are.