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Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen Paperback – November 22, 1994
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For those interested in learning or brushing up on their celestial skills. . .not much on theory, just how to do it.''
I go to sea as an instructor whose specialty is the demystification of celestial navigation. . .the only book I have room to bring, and the one that is best-suited should my mind go blank, Is. . .[this book]. . .I never shove off without it. . .No matter what your ability, if you have only one book on celestial navigation, this should be it.''
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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.
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Purportedly written for a novice, it isn't. I have a thorough knowledge of celestial navigation and was confused trying to follow her descriptions of angles such as "Add angle ZQX and angle XQE" etc. In figure 8, point Z is missing. She describes "apparent altitude" but does not label it "Ha"; rather she skips from Hs to Ho. She introduces the term sidereal hour angle on page 6, and refers the reader to page 40 for a definition. I suppose the biggest fault of the book is that it is simply too dated. There are much better books nowadays on celestial nav for beginners, written in clearer language with more descriptive graphics. Throw this one in the ditch bag to take with you if you have to abandon ship.
But assuming that Clarence Darrow Dershowitz Kunstler Belli Nizer, Esq. isn't in your crew, Mary Blewitt's book is a good thing to have. Brief, concise, and Ptolemaically simple to understand, Blewitt takes the hocus-pocus out of asking the heavens for directions. The difficulty with learning celestial nav isn't so much the math (as most people want to believe) as it is that modern man is SO far out of touch with the natural world that looking at the night sky is like looking at---something dark and mysterious. However, add a few very basic, easy-to-grasp concepts to your skill set and your Sunfish will suddenly become the Santa Maria.
Knowing celestial navigation will help you to sail anywhere and, even better, to know where you are when you get there. To that end, this book is an invaluable learning tool.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find it short and clear to understend the tecnic of celictail navigationPublished 24 days ago by Tamir Neeman
This is really great. I have Bowditch and the Annapolis Book of Seamanship etc., however I think this is better than the others. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John M. Schubert
I enjoyed this book. I have another book on celestial navigation that helps simplify the calculations and has many practice problems for sight reductions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jimmy curtis
This is a good book, but really technical. Start off a couple of steps below this if you are just getting into stellar navigation.Published 4 months ago by Tchad Elliott
Difficult to follow and understand unless you are fluent with most terminology.Published 10 months ago by Randy Smith
This has still been the most useful guide to taking and interpreting sites that I have ever used. It is succinct, clear, and gives me exactly what I need. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JG
Fair analysis of a hard to grasp subject. Three stars onlyPublished 15 months ago by Barry G. Krane