Easy Introductory Celestial Navigation
March 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Come join nationally recognized celestial expert Frank Reed in this easy introduction to the basic principles of celestial navigation from a modern perspective. This course is designed for yachtsmen and recreational boaters as well as long-distance hikers, cross-country explorers, and other wayfinders. Also appropriate for anyone interested in a quick overview of the science of celestial navigation. We’ll also discuss celestial navigation options for the Marion-Bermuda Race which takes place in June of this year. This class covers the classic, time-honored method of finding latitude by noon sun and longitude by observations before and after noon (including frequently neglected corrections for motion of the observer). We’ll also learn how to use the sun and stars as an accurate compass: how to determine direction using the belt of Orion, Polaris, and other stars. We’ll explore a diverse collection of modern celestial tricks and cross-checks to validate your electronic navigation. Weather permitting, class participants will have opportunities to experiment with sextant observations.
Dates: March 9-10, 2019; 10:00AM to 4:00PM
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