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    Single-handed sights
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2007 Oct 22, 10:29 -0700

    Gary J. LaPook wrote:
    > Gary LaPook wrote:
    >
    > I use one of those little hand held dictaphones. I put it in my shirt
    > pocket, start it recording and then just talk into it with the sextant
    > altitude and time.M uch easier than trying to juggle sextant, pencil and
    > paper especially if taking many sights. Go below and play it back and
    > write down the figures.
    
    I think everyone's experience will be different, but at one point in
    learning celestial I took a lot of sights without a helper.
    
    How?  First, I pre-adjusted my sextant to be close to the expected Hs.
    Then I looked at my watch and noted time to the second.  Then I simply
    started counting one-one hundred, two-two hundred, ... while I adjusted
    my sextant to its final reading.  Then noted time and reading in my
    notebook.
    
    With this method, you should be able to get a sextant reading within 15
    to 20 seconds of starting counting.  I did a few trial runs of simply my
    time counting to make sure I wasn't counting too fast or slow.  I
    believe that even after 30 seconds I was within one second or less.
    
    I was taking sights from a known position and my readings were no less
    accurate than what I got when using a helper on previous expeditions.
    
    Lu Abel
    
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