[bolger] Re: The Sextant: Another great way to waste time!
> Doing the computation and having it come up as "you are in JerseyWere you sighting out at Montauk, right? <g>
> City, New Jersey," was every bit as satisfying as pulling the bow and
> stern in on my teal, but can be done far more often!
> Twilight sightings on stars/planets still have us baffled, but a noonSince you're a computer guy, go seek out a shareware program called
> sighting is pretty darned easy, and the satisfaction of doing it once
> was well worth the price of the instrument (a $32 Davis student
> model.) From here on out, the rest is sauce for the goose.
"Skymap" I have an older version I used when I did sights a few years
back. You can set it to only show start above a certain magnitude and
it then selects for the "navigation" stars. It displays a map of the
sky as you see it, complete with planets. This way, since you already
know the elevation of a star before hand, you have a much easier time
"bringing it to the horizon" by setting the approximate angle into the
Just for fun, go out 7-8 days before a full moon. You will have the sun
one way, the moon the other and have all day to sight them. When both
are plotted you should get just about a 90 degree cut in the LOP's and
a very nice fix.
> If you've ever been curious about it, don't be curious any more. YouHaving used a fully Y2K compliant $2K sextant I can tell you nothing
> don't need a $2000 Plath to get p.d.c. to where you are by looking at
> the stars!
can beat it. Wonderful machinery. Too bad it was just a loaner.