New! Advanced Modern Celestial Navigation
June 3 - June 4
Explore the underlying concepts and math of celestial navigation including spherical triangles, exact azimuth calculations, great circle distance, ex-meridian sights, and other exotic topics. We’ll learn refined methods for taking sights and eliminating the smallest errors in sextant observations. We’ll explore the principles behind various methods of sight reduction as well as calculator-based azimuth calculations. We’ll also look at position-fix by lunars and artificial satellites. More history, more science, more math, more navigation! This class is an excellent sequel to one of our principal introductory classes such as “Modern Celestial Navigation” or “Celestial Navigation 19th Century Methods” or equivalent.
Requirements: A solid background in introductory celestial navigation and familiarity with basic algebra and trigonometry.