A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2017 Dec 24, 09:00 -0800
David Pike, you wrote:
"Well done Tracy. It’s lovely to see someone still using celestial in an aircraft. Which sextant were you using? Was it in a mounting, or was it hand held? Did it have an averager, and was it a mean or a median type."
I don't know if you remember Tracy Shrier's name from the announcements for the Navigation Symposium. He did a truly excellent presentation on his experiments in celestial navigation, and the extensive visuals accompanying it are available for download at fer3.com/mystic2017/. You should definitely have a look at that. It will answer some of your current questions, and no doubt raise many more questions!
While there are quite a few people around today who have experimented with aerial celestial at low altitudes and many, like yourself, who had extensive professional experience decades ago, Tracy Shrier is the only one I know who has done this regularly in a commercial airliner at cruising altitude just below the tropopause.