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Easy Introductory Celestial Navigation
An easy introduction to the basic principles of celestial navigation from a modern perspective designed for yachtsmen and recreational boaters as well as long-dinstance hikers, cross-country explorers, and other wayfinders. Also appropriate for anyone interested in a quick overview of the science of celestial navigation. We'll also discuss celestial navigation options for the Marion-Bermuda Race which takes place in June of this year.
This class covers the classic, time-honored method of finding latitude by Noon Sun and longitude by observations before and after noon (including frequently neglected corrections for motion of the observer). We'll also learn how to use the Sun and stars as an accurate compass: how to determine direction using the belt of Orion, Polaris, and other stars. We'll eplore a diverse collection of modern celestial tricks and cross-checks to validate your electronic navigation. Weather permitting, class participants will have opportunities to experiment with sextant observations.
Requirements: Basic addition and subtraction, good familiarity with latitude and longitude.
Recommended for ages 18 and up, students as young as age 10 welcome.
Instructor: Frank Reed is a gifted teacher and a recent guest expert in celestial navigation on StarTalk, a science talk show on the National Geographic Channel. To learn more about Frank Reed, please visit his website at reednavigation.com.
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, 2019
10:00AM to 4:00PM
General Registration: $225
Individual Member Registration: $210
Household Member & Above: $200
Location: Hudson River Maritime Museum
Wooden Boat School
86 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
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