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    Re: Noon sun fix example
    From: Andrés Ruiz
    Date: 2009 Sep 18, 16:20 +0200

    Here is the solution by two methods.

    First using the one described in [NavList 8593] Meridian passage

    The other using nautical LS SR and Kaplan (IoN)

     

    Andrés Ruiz

    Navigational Algorithms

    http://sites.google.com/site/navigationalalgorithms/

     

     


    De: navlist@fer3.com [mailto:navlist@fer3.com] En nombre de Anabasis75@aol.com
    Enviado el: viernes, 18 de septiembre de 2009 1:53
    Para: NavList@fer3.com
    Asunto: [NavList 9784] Noon sun fix example

     

    I shot a "Wilson-esque" sun around noon with the worse possible combination that I could get here on this voyage. Basically we were heading CRS 305 spd 7.6 knots (sailboat speed) in the middle latitudes (32 deg North) with the sun descending towards the celestial equator at 1.1' per hour and a declination around 3 degrees North.

     

    Instead of a 30 line spread over 30 minutes as I have done in the past, I tried a far more likely, and simple approach: 5 LOP's 2 before LAN, one "at" LAN, and two after.  They are shot as nearly equal intervals around LAN (within a few seconds).  They are nearly equal altitudes to boot, which was unintentional as I was taking them by time not by arc.

     

    I plotted the lines by standard trig reduction on the computer and gave a very reasonable fix error at 1300 of 0.3 nm.

     

    Here's the data.

     

    Height of eye 103 feet

    Index correction -1.2'  (IE 1.2' on the arc)

    Standard Temp & pressure

    Sun, all lower limb observations.

    Crs 305 deg True

    Spd 7.6 knots

    ZD +4

    15 September 2009

     

    GPS fix at 1300 Lat 32 deg 4.7' North; Long 075 deg 33.1' W

     

    Data

    Time (LT)         Hs

    12h 47m 45s    60 deg 33.8'

    12h 52m 17s    60 deg 37.6'

    12h 56m 48s    60 deg 38.4'

    13h 00m 17s    60 deg 37.4'

    13h 05m 48s    60 deg 33.4'

     

    Find the 1300 fix by observation.  (please attach any graphs if that is the method of solving)

     

    Jeremy



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