A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Francis Upchurch
Date: 2016 Sep 22, 17:35 +0100
Exactly what I needed to know and should have already known, having read your excellent book!
Francis, you can do this sight whenever the GP is within the limits of your plotting sheet - about 120nm on the VPOS.
Once on a delivery trip from Bermuda to the BVI, I did a high altitude noon sight. (It's on pages 71-72 in Celestial Navigation in a Nutshell.) Back then, the DR was my only crosscheck and I was content the circle of position was about 5 miles from my DR.
On Sep 22, 2016, at 2:23 AM, Francis Upchurch <NoReply_Upchurch@fer3.com> wrote:
I got the same as Greg, but previously thought you could not get a fix from a single sight (well + Az). Do you have any ground rules to cover this situation? Is it only when very close to equator or what? In what situations can you do this kind of fix?
This is a screen cap from my gps anti-spoof app taken today, live, by Bob Miorelli from a location where, as you can see, the Sun was nearly at the zenith. There is enough information here to figure out his position. By luck the volume controls on his phone momentarily covered the displayed GPS latitude and longitude. You have the calculated Sun LL altitude (assume height of eye is zero [edited after follow-up from Bob] and zero index error) as well as the azimuth and the date and time. Solve!!
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