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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as easy as it may sound, 5 Dec 2008
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D. Runyard (Cyprus) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Astro Navigation Made Easy: Using a Pocket Calculator (Paperback)
This may be a good book for anyone taking a course on astro navigation but it is NOT easy to understand if the reader is alone and has no recourse to someone who can explain more fully.
The translation from the original French makes it difficult to follow and this is not helped by the inclusion of French acronyms and references - leaving this reader more confused than enlightened.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed with mathematical approach, 6 Jan 2013
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Mr. C. MCGRORY (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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The diagrams and equations and how to use the calculator rather than sight reduction tables are good. The diagrams are some of the best. I would suggest that this book is a big jump for beginners. It is very compressed in its content and could be read easier if the pages were bigger. The small size of the book makes reading the information more difficult.Like most celestial navigation books it gets into too much detail of the more complicated sights and methods before it shows the simpler Noon and Polaris sights which would aid understanding. For some reason all the books do that and makes the beginner's task more difficult.

Having mastered most of the subject I have gone back and used the book for more detailed reference. I have had to use about five other books to get control of the subject. I don't trust cookbook understanding of just filling in forms and wanted more of the obvious geometry which is not that difficult but made so by most books having inadequate diagrams or skipping steps. Maybe I will write my own after this.
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Astro Navigation Made Easy: Using a Pocket Calculator by Francois Meyrier (Paperback - 30 April 2003)
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