Classes in celestial navigation and related topics
Traditional Celestial Navigation Using HO249
A fast-paced introduction to standard celestial navigation as it was practiced in the latter half of the 20th century, before the introduction of electronic tools like calculators and other computing devices. Pure paper and pencil methods using tables like H.O.229 and H.O.249 and three-star plots for a fix by the "intercept method". Details of the modern Nautical Almanac and the more-useful Air Almanac. This workshop is ideal for the navigator who wants a pure, technology-free, traditional version of celestial navigation founded on the principles prefered by ocean-going mariners from about 1960 to 1990. Weather permitting, class participants will have opportunities to experiment with sextant observations. This is real navigation, not just a class about navigation. Fast and intense, students who complete this weekend class will have the basic celestial navigation skills to sail entirely by the sun and stars using a sextant, navigational tables, and a few other simple tools. Taught by Frank Reed, a gifted teacher and one of the world's leading experts in celestial navigation.
- Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm both days.
- Requirements: Basic addition and subtraction, good familiarity with latitude and longitude.
- Recommended for ages 18 and up, students as young as age 13 welcome.
- Cost: $120 ($108 for members of Mystic Seaport).
- Register for this class by phoning the Reservations desk at Mystic Seaport Museum: 860.572.5322, press 1 at the prompt.
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