Author: Bruce Bauer

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780070052192

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

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Loran and GPS notwithstanding, there will always be a place for the sextant aboard any blue-water boat, if for no other reason than the thrill and mystery of finding one's position on earth by gazing at the heavens. Here is the indispensable reference that should accompany the instrument aboard. Cmdr. Bruce Bauer, a professional navigator and master mariner with the U.S. Merchant Marine, has distilled years of hands-on experience into an eminently readable guide to buying, adjusting, using, and repairing sextants. The Sextant Handbook is dedicated to the premise that electronic navigation devices, while too convenient to disregard, are too vulnerable to rely on exclusively. The book is designed to make beginner and expert alike conversant with this most beautiful and functional of the navigator's tools. Topics include: Assembly and Disassembly Vital Adjustments Avoiding Problems Rough Weather Sightings Oiling and Cleaning Immersion Baths Emergency Silvering Finding and Buying Used Sextants And Much More You'll also find a list of distributors, manufacturers, and dealers worldwide, a discussion of future trends, and numerous helpful hints, including sighting with eyeglasses and using a Rude starfinder. All in a thoroughly revised edition of a book acclaimed by navigation professionals.
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A Catalogue of the Mariner's Quadrants, Mariner's Astrolabes, Cross-staffs, Backstaffs, Octants, Sextants, Quintants, Reflecting Circles and Artificial Horizons in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Author: W.F.J. Mörzer Bruyns,Richard Dunn

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199532540

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 323

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In Sextants at Greenwich the history and development of navigating instruments is described. Before satellite navigation these were used to measure the altitude of the sun and stars above the horizon, to determine the ship's position at sea. The book also contains a catalogue of 347 mariner's astrolabes, cross-staffs, backstaffs, and octants, sextants and artificial horizons preserved in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
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Author: Fred Touche,Anne Price

Publisher: Touche Publishing

ISBN: 9780973252705

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 200

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Designed for both land and water use, this comprehensive guide helps unlock the complexity of map and chart reading as it relates to navigation. Beginning with detailed technical descriptions of the tools of navigation—a compass, an altimeter, a GPS system, and a sextant—this handbook shows how to use these tools either individually or in combination with each other to navigate any area. Factors that cause tools and techniques to fail are discussed, such as why an altimeter often shows the wrong elevation, a GPS position is sometimes off track, and the sun often points in an unexpected direction. Twenty-one real-life scenarios provide practical wisdom for even the most intrepid navigator. Specific information on using the moon for directions and the stars for position, measuring boiling water temperature for elevation, map projections, map datums, great circle routes, and the UTM/UPS grid system is included.
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A Practical Guide to Knowing Where You Are

Author: David Berson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1944824030

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

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Learn—and Appreciate—What Master Navigators Have Practiced for Centuries in This Hands-on, Friendly Approach. Celestial navigation, in all its forms, is nearly as old as mankind. Anyone who can master its intricacies stands at the end of a long line of master navigators that is centuries old—an expert among many who would be lost with electronics. David Berson, a columnist for Ocean Navigator magazine and an instructor at both the Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship and onboard the training schooner Ocean Star, offers here an approach that is refreshing, unique, and sure to attract a new generation of readers looking to demystify this essential art for sailors. Through his hands-on coursework Berson has developed a practical and learnable method of teaching that has appealed to a new generation of students. He will share his proven method here for the first time. While many books on celestial navigation insist this age-old art is needed only when electronics fail, Berson uses a unique approach that allows boaters to combine both the modern and the traditional. No other books does that. In Celestial Navigation, as he does in his popular column and classes, Berson simplifies the math that so often frightens and deters potential students. Berson takes the same approach with his writing that he does with his classes and columns,informal true-life anecdotes that entertain as well as educate. To Berson, celestial navigation is personal and valuable. Anyone reading this book will catch his contagious enthusiasm. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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Author: Federal Aviation Administration

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1628734728

Category: Transportation

Page: 282

View: 6020

The Flight Navigator Handbook provides information on all phases of air navigation and is a source of reference for everyone in the field, from navigators to navigator students. This handbook explains how to measure, chart the earth, and use flight instruments to solve basic navigation problems. It also contains data pertaining to flight publications, preflight planning, in-flight procedures, and low altitude navigation. Specific topics covered throughout the pages of this informational and helpful guide include: Reading maps, charts, and grids Dead reckoning Radio aid fixing and radio navigation Celestial concepts and special celestial techniques Computing altitude Pressure pattern navigation And much more! Additional information can also be found in the four included and up-to-date appendixes. This includes a listing of references and supporting information used in this publication; mathematical formulas to use as an aid in preflight and in-flight computations; chart and navigation symbols; and a Celestial Computation Sheet.
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Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Historic sites

Page: N.A

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Author: Alastair Buchan

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408156075

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 5035

Based on the author's Sailing an Atlantic Circuit, this practical, how-to guide to the planning, preparation and execution of a passage is both a helpful and an inspirational book for all sailors considering an offshore or ocean passage. A vastly experienced Atlantic ocean sailor, Alastair Buchan looks in detail at three specific passages (a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, a passage from the Eastern Seaboard of the USA to the Caribbean, and cruising around the Caribbean itself). The advice, ranging from choosing/refitting a boat, insurance, safety, training crew and route planning to watch keeping, weather routeing, heavy weather strategies and disaster management, is applicable to any other open sea passage and will be invaluable to any would-be long distance sailors. Illustrated throughout with helpful diagrams, maps, and inspirational photography, this is an essential handbook for all sailors aspiring to make an offshore or ocean passage. 'An informative common sense approach...from decades of personal experience' Dorset Echo 'A comprehensive user-friendly guide that will inspire any armchair dreamer...thoroughly informative and entertainingly written' Yachting Monthly
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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Oceanography

Page: N.A

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The Dream and Reality of Modern Ocean Cruising

Author: Jim Howard,Charles J. Doane

Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.

ISBN: 9781574090932

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 468

View: 9916

Jim Howard has cruised the great oceans of the world for over 25 years, often single-handed.
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Celestial Navigation from Argonauts to Astronauts

Author: Peter Ifland

Publisher: Krieger Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781575240954

Category: Science

Page: 222

View: 7408

This text focuses on the history of the development of hand-held celestial navigation instruments, offering descriptions of the tools used. It also includes a glossary of technical terms.
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Author: John Rousmaniere

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sailing

Page: 402

View: 8817

Based on the US Naval Academy's courses in navigation, piloting, and seamanship. This edition is a larger and considerably updated revision of the first edition (1983). There are new chapters on personal safety and on traditions and courtesies. Acidic paper. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Port
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