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    Re: Self Taught Celestial
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2013 Feb 27, 20:03 +0000


    I have now advanced to the point of being able to take a sight, look up the GHA in Kolbe's Almanac, and reduce the sight to obtain Zn and Hc. I have also learned how to plot these lines of position to determine where I am. I am continuing to practice and look forward to trying this out on Lake Michigan after it thaws.

    Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Well, I can't argue but that you have started in exactly the right place ;-) You can stay found using one book, one sextant and one clock. Truly, you are a navigator now.:-)

    Where you go now on your voyage of discovery depends on your particular bent and interests. To be truly "self sufficient" for example, you may think relying on a radio watch for time is not quite the thing. There are various ways of finding time with a sextant, with which you may like to become acquainted.

    Bowditch's " American Practical Navigator" in two volumes is the bible on all navigation methods, including celestial, and you can't do much better than put that on your shelf.

    Best wishes

    Geoffrey Kolbe
       
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