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Later, I converted everything to the PDF format Celestial navigation, a branch of applied astronomy, is the art and science of finding one's. Celestial. Navigation presented by Ralph Naranjo. Page 2. Page 3. Session 1. ▫ General Coordinates on the Celestial. Sphere. Page 7. Relationship of the. You can download and print pdf files containing sight worksheets as well as the. Almanac They were written by people who know celestial navigation through.

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Are You Nervous About Learning Celestial Navigation? are available as a free pdf download from, if it might be more. A book with exercises on Astro Navigation in a free version (pdf) - 20 solved problems. Celestial Navigation - exercises book. Celestial Navigation Graphic . Celestial Navigation: the science of navigating - knowing and using the celestial bodies (stars, Sun, planets and Moon). How to calculate altitude and azimuth.

Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Ifan Syafana. A complete set of instructions is not included, since anyone familiar with the subject e. BASNAV will reduce sights on all of these bodies to intercept and azimuth, and convert these to estimated latitude and longitude. It will also solve for latitude based on the altitude of Polaris. Everything is calculated; there is no need to consult an almanac. Accuracy is comparable to that of commercial and better public domain navigation programs, which, generally, will not exactly agree with the Nautical Almanac. In one particular case, it is actually more accurate than the Nautical Almanac. The altitude corrections for Sun sights are, in fact, more accurate than the short Sun table in the Nautical Almanac. This is because separate values are used for refraction, semi-diameter, and parallax, allowing a more accurate value for semi-diameter.

Publications and air and maritime sight reduction tables and data for Assumed Position and Time. The U. How to Use Plastic Sextants: With Applications to Metal Sextants and a Review of Sextant Piloting — and useful for anyone learning about any kind of sextant!

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The Haven Finding Art: Resources This page lists all the resources that are discussed on the other pages of the Celestial Navigation Net website. Almanac Information, Lat-Lon Finders, etc. A Sentimental Journey by William F. Buckley Jr. Message from the Webmistress. Please Help By Donating Here. All original material copyright Every effort has been made to use only pictures in the public domain or created by webmistress.

Again, a complete set of instructions is not included, for the reasons mentioned above. For the first use of the program after loading, required inputs are date and DR latitude and longitude.

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For subsequent runs, you have the option of changing any of the inputted values. It asks for the date and the DR latitude and longitude, and then displays the zone times of sunrise, sunset, and civil, nautical, and astronomical morning and evening twilights.

It then asks for the zone time of interest for body visibility i.

Any time can be entered, but in most cases it will be one of the twilights. The program then displays five tables. The first three are for the Sun, Moon, planets and first magnitude stars; second magnitude stars; and third magnitude stars. They show the name, azimuth, altitude, and magnitude of bodies that are above the horizon.

Bodies with altitudes within the JN range of degrees are highlighted. Within each table, the bodies are listed in order of increasing azimuth.


For the Moon, percent illumination is given instead of magnitude. Times of Sun rising and setting phenomena are generally accurate to within one minute, about the accuracy achievable with the Nautical Almanac.

Azimuths and altitudes are calculated quite accurately better than can be achieved with a Rude Star Finder , and are displayed to the nearest degree. The magnitudes of the planets are only approximations, and, in all likelihood, will not agree with the Nautical Almanac. The program can also be used as a star or planet identifier by matching the altitude and azimuth of the unknown body with one on one of the tables of visible objects for that date, time, and location.

It is generally accurate to within one or two minutes. If you have a slower computer, you may prefer this version. EXE calculates the times of moonrise and moonset for the date and DR latitude and longitude. It is generally accurate to about a minute.

Additional Comments The format for data entry for all programs should be self-explanatory; if not, it will become clear after one use of a program. In some cases it may be unconventional, but it allows error checking at the earliest possible times, saving keystrokes. There is considerable error checking, warning you if you have entered obviously incorrect values. However, not everything is covered, so the program will display what it accepted as inputs; they must be verified before continuing.

Your computer must have an LPT1 port for these programs to work, even if no printer is connected. Occasionally this results in the whole not being equal to the sum of the parts. Take, for example, 1. If rounding to one decimal place is done first, the result would be 1. If rounding is done last, you would have 1.

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In order to run them, type the program name the. I hope you find these programs useful. If you have any suggestions for improvements, or find any bugs, do not hesitate to contact me.

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