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    Re: Self Taught Celestial
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2013 Feb 28, 11:48 -0800
    Good catch, Randall!    I've been a United States Power Squadrons celestial instructor for many years, I didn't realize the form was available on-line rather than just in our workbooks.

    Last time I taught, I took an image of the blank sight reduction form and made it my very first PowerPoint slide, noting to my students how impossibly imposing it must seem and then that we would spend the next few weeks going through the form step-by-step so that they would hopefully see that it's just really a very long series of relatively simple steps.    They did and I had the pleasure of creating almost a dozen new celestial navigators.

    For those interested, here's the URL:

    http://www.usps.org/eddept/n/files/sr96a.pdf



    From: Randall Morrow <randall.f.morrow@kp.org>
    To: luabel@ymail.com
    Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:57 AM
    Subject: [NavList 22532] Re: Self Taught Celestial


    For manual sight reductions there are many options, NASR, Pub 229, Pub 249 and direct solution by the law of cosines formula (LOC). I find the LOC the most accurate and the United States Powerboat Squadron sight has a good form for this process available on their web site. The formual is easy to follow in calulator keystrokes, even for me.
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