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Old 04-12-2009, 19:04   #1
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Best Book for Learning Celestial Navigation?

so begins the foray into celestial navigation. i am going tommorrow morning to pick up a brand new davis mk15 sextant for $75, ive got some money on a barnes and noble gift card so i am looking for recommendation for the best book to teach myself celestial nav.

i currently have Celestial Navigation for Yachtsman by Mary Blewitt, circa 1960's. i know nothing has changed, my only gripe about this book, and mary says it herself, is that she in not a math person, so there are no sin and cos, at all in the book. well i am a math person, so i would love a book that frames it all mathematically, or whatever books you consider must have for celestal nav (besides sight reduction tables obviously).

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I haven't read it yet, but I have heard excellent reviews on

Celestial Navigation in the GPS Age By John Karl
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yesss, a book by a physicist, exactly what i am looking for, thanks tempest
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You can find all the formulas in Bowditch. Its also available online for free since it is a government publication.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_0_...merican+practi

http://www.irbs.com/bowditch/
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so i know nothing has changed, my only gripe about this book, and mary says it herself, is that she in not a math person, so there are no sin and cos, at all in the book. well i am a math person, so i would love a book that frames it all mathematically, or whatever books you consider must have for celestal nav (besides sight reduction tables obviously).

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Ben may be interested in "Astro Navigation by Pocket Computer" ~ by M. J. Harris
Astro Navigation by Pocket Computer (Open Library)
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Here is something for you.
CELESTIAL NAVIGATION
A Modern Vade-Mecum on Determining the Position of a Vessel
K. Herman Zevering 2008
Printed by: Global Print Brisbane
sorry no ISBN number
more than 267 pages, very good and great reading, it came free with my latest and fifth sextant an ASTRA III.
I must be a sextant freak.
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