From: John Brown
Date: 2015 Dec 17, 03:24 -0800
An appreciation of the merits of the Rude star finder would seem to fit well with the Navlist mission statement at the head of this page. We don’t spend a lot of time discussing the astrolabe or the back staff, so I suppose that these tools must be classed as archaic rather than traditional. However, we are still here and can testify to the usefulness of 2102-D in real life under fairly normal (i.e. adverse) conditions at sea, particularly in the
The 2102-D was still popular in the 1960s for the reasons you expanded on, in particular the problem of identifying stars through fleeting gaps in the cloud with a brief, time limited usable horizon and no constellations visible. So, a useful and traditional addition to the navigator’s tools, even if it has probably ‘seen its day’ - a bit like the sextant, the lunar distance, nautical astronomy generally and all the other traditional items of interest we share on Navlist.
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