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Celestial Navigation: The Essential Guide for Every Sailor - Learn How to Master One of the Oldest Mariner's Arts Paperback – August 27, 2010
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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).
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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.
UK 11.99 / US $19.95 / CDN $23.95
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Top customer reviews
Short intro, dives right in, lucid prose.
MUST buy sextant and get outside for reference charts
to make sense and make most of book work for you.
DOES teach you sextant 101, don't need separate book to start.
Tom Cunliffe managed to get everything you need to know to use celestial navigation to get across an ocean or to do some sun or star shots for fun into a small volume. This is without question the best book to learn the basics how to use a sextant, calculate your position from the sun, multiple stars, even the moon.
You will need a Nautical Almanach and Site Reduction Tables Pub. 249 but no other books to get started. Also get some Universal Plotting Sheets and you are ready.