"Peter Ifland has produced a wonderfully readable and remarkably thorough account of the history of sextants and other instruments designed for celestial navigation." -Deborah Jean Warner, Curator, Physical Sciences, National Museum of American History.
"[This] book is a tremendous addition to nautical history. . . . The experienced navigator will gain new insight and the novice will undoubtedly be awed by the beauty of the instruments and Ifland's lucid explanation of the process of navigating by the stars." -- (Twain Braden, Ocean Navigator)
From the Author
[Taking the Stars: Celestial Navigation from Argonauts to Astronauts] is written for anyone who has ever held a sextant in his or her hand, either on the water or in the air. My overt purpose is to record the history of the development of hand-held celestial navigation instruments, but I have also tried to convey some of the romance of these ingenious instruments that have taken sailors and aviators into the farthest reaches of the Earth and brought them safely home again. The challenge has been to bring something for everyone - from the rank beginner to the most experienced navigator, for the avid collector and for the expert historian and museum curator.