A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Henry Halboth
Date: 2015 Dec 17, 00:02 -0500
No matter how familar a seagoing navigator is with the night sky, this isn't much help at evening twilight when trying to identify individual stars through broken cloud cover, with the traditional pointers from the alignment of neighbouring stars totally invisible.
The situation in an aircaft, not relying on a sea horizon and and perhaps flying above the weather, is somewhat different.
Setting up 2102-D is simplicity itself and yields the useful sextant pre-sets with a minimum of trouble and little stress on short term memory. Under clear skies at night the selection of a star or planet for a compass error observation is much simpler; then the experienced stargazing navigator will probably leave all aids to star ID on the chartroom bookshelf.
In the analog age the Rude star finder certainly earned its place in the navigators' armoury.