A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Jackson McDonald
Date: 2019 Jan 18, 14:40 -0800
Now is traditionally the time for New Year’s resolutions.
I have three for 2019 relating to celestial navigation:
1.Finish reading the American Practical Navigator (Bowditch), 1966 edition, which is, I understand, the last edition to give pride of place to celestial navigation. It also contains much, much more.
2.Achieve a better understanding of spherical trigonometry.
3. Take stock of the sextants and octants I have acquired over the years; remove them from the closet; tune them up (just a light cleaning; not a full restoration); and, after ensuring that the filters are adequate, take enough sights with each of them to make some comparisons. I even have an old sextant that was turned into a lamp. This sad relic appears to be complete. I’d like to make it live again.
What are your navigational resolutions for 2019?