A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Robert VanderPol II
Date: 2016 Apr 21, 15:08 -0700
I don't know about recognising them by sight, but you can use a star finder (2102-D or CP-300) that will give you close altitude and azimuth for major navigational stars. Alternatively, if you have taken a sextant shot but don't know the star, you can use the starfinder worksheet in the "S Tables" that will work sight reduction backwards to give you the star given an estimated position, azimuth and altitude.
If you are looking for something less precise then try the Miller Planisphere. I've had one of these for 20yr or so.