Welcome to the NavList Message Boards.

NavList:

A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding

Compose Your Message

Message:αβγ
Message:abc
Add Images & Files
    or...
       
    Reply
    Re: Why Sigma Octantis?
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2015 May 6, 09:28 -0700

    Sigma Octantis has been a traditional substitute for a "South Star" in some resources. You're right: it's an inconspicuous star. In reality, there is no star that genuinely qualifies as a "South Star". There is no first or second magnitude star anywhere near the south celestial pole. Sigma Octantis is the closest "naked eye" star to the south celestial pole. It's a consolation prize. Including it in a catalog of navigational stars is pretty silly, and I would say that it's evidence of some individual's personal taste.

    Frank Reed

       
    Reply
    Browse Files

    Drop Files

    NavList

    What is NavList?

    Join NavList

    Name:
    (please, no nicknames or handles)
    Email:
    Do you want to receive all group messages by email?
    Yes No

    You can also join by posting. Your first on-topic post automatically makes you a member.

    Posting Code

    Enter the email address associated with your NavList messages. Your posting code will be emailed to you immediately.
    Email:

    Email Settings

    Posting Code:

    Custom Index

    Subject:
    Author:
    Start date: (yyyymm dd)
    End date: (yyyymm dd)

    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site