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The easiest guide to navigating by the stars
on 10 May 2002
This book is an unusual guide to celestial navigation; it is not four inches thick and filled with impossible mathematical formulae.
In his gentle and humerous way Tom Cunliffe takes you through, what becomes, the very simple process of calculating your position at sea using a sextant,the sun, moon, stars and planets. "Calculating" is a strong term to use, since the most complicated piece of arithmetic involved is to remember that a degree is divided into sixty minutes, not a hundred.
I was teaching myself how to use a sextant from this book in Mid Atlantic in August of 1999. GPS rolled over to week zero in that month and my receiver locked up, forcing me to use a sextant and the stars for real. It worked.
This is the book that will make using a sextant and the stars to find your position a pleasure and a simple skill rather than some form of complex and archaic "Dark Art"