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There is deep mystery and profound satisfaction in finding your position on earth by reference to the sun, moon, and stars--not to mention profound relief when the GPS receiver stops working in mid-passage. That is why knowledge of celestial navigation is still a rite of initiation, and its practice still a favorite pastime among serious cruisers.
That this edition of Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen should appear 44 years after the first British edition and 27 years after its first publication in the U.S. is eloquent testimony to the author's clear, concise explanation of a difficult skill. Through those years, Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen has been the best-known, best-loved primer on the subject throughout the English-speaking world. It successfully teaches sailors who have been demoralized by bigger books. It remains "the famous little book" on celestial navigation.
Among other changes, this edition substitutes the Nautical Almanac for the Air Almanac, discusses the "short" tables based on H.O. 211, expands the discussion in a few areas, fine-tunes it in others, and shows how to advance a line of position for a running fix from sun sights. The only mathematics involved are straightforward addition and subtraction.
Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen has spawned many imitators over the years, but it's still the best--with this new edition more than ever.
This book is a primer on navigation by the stars. It covers all the major techniques and provides a solid base for future study. I highly recommend this to everyone.Published 9 days ago by A.H.
It has taken me quite a while to grasp the theory of celestial navigation. I'm still working at it, but it's the clearest interpretation of it that I know of.Published 4 months ago by Kevin Baker
It seemed well-structured and easy to understand to me, but I'm not learning navigation, so I'm really not the one to ask.Published 5 months ago by J Wilson
The book was for my husband. It was good but he felt that there should be more explanation for the concepts.Published 8 months ago by carla
This is the classic manual to introduce new sextant users to the practical art of celestial navigation. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Laura K. Deblank
It was all that was advertised and is what I wanted. It could have contained a few blank forms and more addresses for sites to find them on the web though.Published 12 months ago by Chauncey
this book is a great primer on using the stars to navagate by and go there and back again. thanksPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
The old ways worked. Upon the invention of M1, the first successful ships clock, the old ways became vastly improved, allowing Longitude to be determined. Read morePublished 18 months ago by The Seive
I took the U.S. Navy ROTC Navigation course, and went to sea. Years later, I had to teach celestial navigation and found this to be the best and most concise book around. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Steven C. Wann