Inspection Tables, H.O. “Sight Reduction Tables for Air Navigation”, which have . celestial bodies commonly used in the practice of celestial navigation. You will need a sextant, a watch, a current-year Nautical Almanac (or see Omar Reis’s Almanac) and the Tables of your choice, probably HO or HO Celestial Navigation Here is a basic beginner’s book, introducing the tyro to the tools, the vocabulary, and the techniques of celestial navigation.

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This website cannot teach the actual practice of celestial navigation; however, by reading these pages, you should be able to move on to an on-site or correspondence course with an understanding of what you are doing. If you are new to Celestial Navigation, read at least the Theory and Navigational Astronomy pages first. Crystal clear, complete with plotting sheets and everything you need to see a problem worked out in detail!

Check out this amazing website: Bowditch has a chapter on emergency navigation as well. Click on Publications in the left menu; on that page, use the drop down menu to find the sight reduction tables.

For shooting stars, a Star-Finder would also help; you can buy the D, a kind of modern planispheric astrolabe, and there are some online, such as — once again, and what would we do without him?

Ho 249 V 1 Work Forms Celestial Navigation

See Products on the Resources page if you want to purchase almanacs, tables, or Star-Finders. Check out the Product places on the Resources page. Be sure to read the instructions; you have divide the angle by two when using an artificial horizon. You can also navigatiin one by using a flat pie pan filled with water, or preferably oil. The sextant can only measure up to 60 degrees with an artificial horizon and so cannot be used at all latitudes. Your observed altitude celestil below is compared to a calculated altitude steps — calculated to be what altitude you would get if you were actually at the position you chose as your assumed position.

Therefore, you must both observe an actual altitude with the sextant; and figure, on worksheets and with the Tables, what the altitude would be if seen from the assumed position.

Noon meridian sun sights and Polaris sights do not require the Tables to solve the Navigational Triangle. Your sextant must be corrected first. The sextant is a precision instrument, but like a bathroom scale can be off, either up or down.


This is especially important in star sights, as you only have the short time between civil and nautical twilight when the horizon is still visible, while some stars are bright enough to be seen.

Civil and nautical twilight time are found in the Almanac for various latitudes. Or purchase the D Star Finder from Starpath. Shooting the body and noting the exact time. Your watch must be corrected bt it is fast or slow on Universal Time — Greenwich Mean time — and corrected for your longitude east or west of the Greenwich meridian. Some of these corrections are in the Almanac; the others depend on you and your instrument.

Chapter 2 is a PDF file available after clicking on Introduction and scrolling down. The Almanac gives data for each hour of every day, with extra pages where you can find the minutes and seconds.

There are some corrections to be made here. If you purchase one, make sure the Almanac looks like one of these I have a commercial edition that is slightly different, but still with a blue cover.

Neither of those has all the information you need. These are the American versions; the orange is the hardcover government edition.

I will continue to search for online versions. Hour angles are defined on the Astronomy page.

If the calculated altitude is greater, you are farther away from the assumed position; if it is less than the corrected sextant altitude, you are closer; the difference between the two is the number of nautical miles by which you need to change your assumed position. Plotting the line of position. Two or more give you your fix — where you are. Many of these steps are very easy and automatic once you have a worksheet with all the steps and spaces for corrections.

It becomes simply a matter of filling in the spaces, nafigation adding bg subtracting.

The very navigatkon place to get a real grip on the practice, in my opinion, is by taking a good course with an expert, especially one that gets you out on the water or at least to a horizon line. I took this course and I cannot say enough good things about it, or recommend it more highly.

The price is absolutely amazing considering that some places want to charge hundreds of dollars for a single weekend. There is a great online tutorial by Al Placette that walks you through much of what is needed for reducing a sight by H. One of the best on the Net.


The benefits of using H.O. for Selected Stars – Ocean Navigator – May/June

Parts are really for advanced students, but there is plenty for beginners, including very clear graphics. Scroll through the chapters and look them over, and check out Chapter 2 on how to make all the various sextant corrections.

Another of the best on the Net. Join the Foundation for the Promotion of the Art of Navigation and you can write to their journal and get expert advice. There are also detailed articles on all aspects of navigation and its history.

The Navigation List is an email list for traditional and electronic navigation; check the archives for technical questions, or join and ask one.

Here is their archive site. A Sentimental Journey It is unfortunately out of print, but you can usually find it at libraries. An added bonus is that his son Christopher went on this trip, and his log entries show that he was already, at that age, a writer in his own right. Whenever a wine bottle was emptied, it was the custom on the boat to write an anti-Communist message and send it to sea in the bottle.

There are many, many books on the practice of celestial navigation — do a search at Amazon. These are my favorites:. Practical Celestial Navigation by Susan P.

Mystic Seaport also has this.

The benefits of using H.O. 249 for Selected Stars

It is actually a course, and everything you need copies of necessary almanac pages and sight-reduction tables is in the book. Celestial Navigation for Yachstmen by Mary Blewitt. This book is short and to the point, and many people swear by it.

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