A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Mike Freeman
Date: 2016 Dec 6, 15:24 -0800
Just trying to learn celestial navigation out of interest rather than necessity.
I think it is important to identify the method I am trying to learn. I have a book, Celestial navigation for yachtsmen, Mary Blewitt. It uses the Nautical Almanac along with AP3270 and has printed a few sample pages in the book. It makes clear the v corrections are nearly always additive except Venus which is sometimes negative. One of the sample pages from the NA does in fact have negative v corrections for Venus. I think I understand the v and d corrections are required to accommodate acceleration & deceleration of heavenly bodies. If there was no acceleration or deceleration there would be no v or d corrections, only incremental corrections? The book says d corrections need to be applied in accordance with the general trend in declination. In the case of Venus the v corrections are sometimes applied contrary to the general trend in GHA.
What I am wondering is in the world of v & d corrections has Venus got the monopoly when it comes to having corrections contrary to the general trend in GHA or declination.
Look forward to reply.