A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Rommel John Miller
Date: 2015 Dec 16, 14:24 -0500
I love the RUDE Star Finder, even though I prefer to call it the 2102-D!
I also liked the Japanese Planosphere because it outlined the constellations.
Taking all sensitivity in hand and at heart, I don’t think any navigator should subject his 2102-D to the dust of a bookshelf.
It is a fun tool to be used when just outside and trying to find constellations in relation to each other.
GPS and Computer programs even Wolfram’s Alpha offers Astronomical sightings!
And The Sky X remains my favorite astronomical software going. Although it is pricey.
But people like Starry Night and others and I do too, I just think Sky’s graphics surpasses them all now.
Take care, Happy and Merry and a grand new year of 2016 to you all.
Rommel John Miller
8679 Island Pointe Drive
Hebron, MD 21830-1093
410-219-2690 (Land and Home)
From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of John Brown
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 1:25 PM
Subject: [NavList] Re: Rude star finder
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.