A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Sean C
Date: 2016 Apr 21, 20:02 -0700
...I had a wonderful teacher who would look up and see a star peep briefly from clouds of the Oxfordshire sky and say " that is Aldebran " without any other reference points.
That reminds me of when I was a young boy. My grandfather and I were out on his dock and he started pointing to different seagulls and saying things like: "That one there I've named 'Jack'...and that one I call 'Sam'." They all looked the same to me. I asked in wonder how he knew which one was which. He just smiled. For the longest time I believed he had actually named them all. He was a lot of fun.
I'm not implying that your teacher was having a bit of fun in the same way. But then again... :)
Speaking of CW: have you tried CWCom?