Celestial Navigation

Celestial Navigation

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Guiding a craft using one of the oldest of the mariner's arts-celestial navigation As romantic--sounding as sailing to Tahiti did centuries ago, using the sun, moon, planets, and stars to guide one's boat on the seas is enjoying a comeback. For those who do not wish to be caught short when modern technology fails on board, knowing how to chart a path with the aid of a sextant is an essential navigating skill. In Celestial Navigation , veteran yachtsman, Tom Cunliffe, reveals how any boat owner can master this seafaring technique, without complex mathematics, using his simplified approach. Readers begin with a sound foundation of basic concepts and definitions, before moving on to the hardware-the sextant and how to use it. Within a few pages, you'll be working out your latitude from a noon sight, and learning how to plot a position from observing the sun, planets, moon or stars-or wherever you may be on the world's oceans.Helps readers prepare for the RYA Yachtsmaster Ocean Exam, which includes celestial navigation as a requirement Includes clear diagrams and worked examples to help guide the novice navigator New edition has downloadable material, a new chapter on electronic navigation as well as the bonus feature of online video demonstrations Whether setting out to sea on a short or long journey, Celestial Navigation is an essential guide to using the sun, moon, planets, and stars as your guideposts home.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 166 x 238 x 6mm | 222.26g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Chichester, England, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd ed.
  • 0470666331
  • 9780470666333
  • 90,657

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Celestial navigation is one of the oldest of the mariner's arts - and one of the most awe-inspiring. To guide a small boat across the trackless oceans using a simple measuring device - the sextant - and a knowledge of the Sun, Moon and stars is a skill that borders on the magical. It is also essential for every ocean sailor who wants to be able to fix his position should the GPS fail.

In these pages Tom Cunliffe shows how to master the art in easy stages. His talent is to educate without intimidating. Starting from a sound foundation of the basic concepts and definitions, he moves on to the hardware: the sextant and how to use it. Within a few pages you'll be taking your first sight. From there it is a short step to plotting your position, wherever you may be on the world's oceans.

NEW EDITION FEATURES: Revised text and new photographsVideo tutorials accessed onlineAccess to downloadable calculation sheets

Whether you need to pass an exam, want a back-up to GPS positioning or simply choose to delight in the wonder of the cosmos, this is the perfect guide.

Tom Cunliffe is Britain's leading sailing journalist and writer. He learned his sextant skills during numerous ocean passages, many of them made in the days before GPS. Tom is a RYA(R) Yachtmaster[R] Instructor Examiner and has acted as consultant for US Sailing. He has lectured extensively around Britain and the USA and writes regularly for Yachting Monthly, Yachting World and SAIL magazine. He also wrote and presented the BBC TV series, "The Boats That Built Britain."

Wiley Nautical recommends this title for the Celestial Navigation section of the RYA [R] Ocean Yachtmaster [R] course.

ISBN: 9780470666333

UK 11.99 / US $19.95 / CDN $23.95


Front cover image: TAMAYA TECHNICS INC.
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Table of contents

Introduction. 1 The Earth and the Heavens. 2 The Sextant. 3 The Noon Sight for Latitude. 4 Time. 5 Position Lines and Plotting. 6 Sun Sights. 7 The Planets. 8 The Moon. 9 The Stars. 10 Polaris - the Pole Star. 11 Compass Checking on the Ocean. 12 The Shortest Way.
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' Tom's warm and humorous writing style makes the book easy to digest, while still explaining the subject in detail.' (Yachting Monthly, November 2010). "He writes with the authority of a man who knows that his methods work in the most testing of all examination rooms, a small boat sailing on the open ocean." (Bill Anderson, Formerly RYA Training Manager)
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About Tom Cunliffe

Tom Cunliffe is Britain's leading sailing writer. He is a worldwide authority on sailing instruction and an expert on traditional sailing craft. He learned his sextant skills during numerous ocean passages, many of which in simple boats without engines or electronics, and voyaged to both sides of the Atlantic from Brazil to Iceland and from the Caribbean to Russia. He has cruised the coast of America and Canada and logged thousands of miles exploring both sides of the English Channel.Tom's nautical career has seen him serve as mate on a merchant ship, captain on gentleman's yachts and skipper of racing craft. His private passion is classic sailing boats and he has owned a series of traditional gaff-rigged vessels that have taken him and his family on countless adventures from tropical rainforests to frozen fjords.Tom has been a Yachtmaster Examiner since 1978 and has a gift for sharing his knowledge with good humour and an endless supply of tales of the sea.He also writes for Yachting Monthly, Yachting World and SAIL magazines, and wrote and presented the BBC TV series, The Boats That Built Britain.
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