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    Navigation "simplified". was: Buckley the Navigator
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Mar 3, 07:57 -0000

    In  [NavList 4570] Re: Buckley the Navigator, Greg R wrote-
    
    
    "I have no doubt that Buckley was probably a superb navigator, but I found
    his "Celestial Navigation Simplified" DVD to be less than helpful (much of
    it seemed to rely on rote "do as I say, don't worry about the theory"
    learning) and his narration seemed a bit pompous and with what appeared to
    me to be a tone of "I know this and you don't" running throughout it.
    
    "Luckily" the DVD had a huge video/audio glitch and I was able to get a
    refund for it, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone wanting to
    learn celnav - there are a lot better choices out there."
    
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    Comment from George.
    
    I have a longstanding distrust of any claim, in the title of a book (or DVD,
    perhaps) that it is somehow "simplified", or "made easy".
    
    One example from my shelves is a short text titled "Nautical Astronomy made
    easy", dated 1900, by A.C.Johnson. He was the famous navigator, better known
    as "Cloudy Weather" Johnson, for another book "On finding the latitude and
    longitude in cloudy weather", and many more. His "made easy" pamphlet
    comprises four pages of condensed tables, and a set of rules for getting
    answers, with no attempt to explain in any way what on earth the navigator
    is supposed to be doing, and why.
    
    Another, "Astronomical Navigation made easy", was written by a flying-school
    instructor, G W Ferguson, in 1937, with several reprints during the war. It
    goes straight into spherical trig without even attempting to explain why
    that should have any relevance to navigation. Completely inscrutable. I pity
    any RAF pilot who had to try learning his craft from such a book; finding
    his way out over Germany, and even harder, then finding his way home again.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
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