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Celestial Navigation: Introduction and Intermediate


Two consecutive courses offered as a package (save $25 from individual prices) which will put the new student of celestial navigation on the path to proficiency in this time honored, defining skill of the competent sailor. No sailor going offshore should be without this knowledge. Even the U.S Navy has re-introduced celestial navigation as a core-competency at the Naval Academy in recognition of the need for redundant capabilities in the event of technical failure, accident or war.

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Receive a 10% discount toward your next Landfall purchase, upon course completion. Restrictions apply.


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  • Course Overview
  • Topics Covered
  • Certification
  • Course Materials
Introduction to Celestial Navigation will explain the history, theory and practice of navigating by celestial bodies. Intermediate Celestial Navigation is the practical application of navigational principals to find a position at sea. The course will do real sight-reductions and fixes using sights taken on recent passages by the instructor. Course Format: Day One - Seven Hours, 30 minute lunch break Day Two - Seven Hours, 30 minute lunch bre
  • History of development from classical times to the Vikings and to the first tables of declination
  • Basic astronomy
  • Basic terms of art such as GHA, LHA, meridian altitude, azimuth, mean time and LAN
  • Explanation of the Nautical Almanac and fixing geographic position of bodies
  • The sextant
  • Time and longitude
  • The navigational triangle
  • Latitude sailing using the noon sight
  • Correcting a sight to find altitude of a body
  • Understanding and using the Nautical Almanac to fix celestial bodies (sun, moon, planets, stars)
  • Calculating Local Hour Angle
  • Using LHA and declination to enter the reduction tables for calculated altitude and azimuth of the body
  • Plotting the intercept and line of position of the vessel
  • Real examples of integrating ship’s-log dead-reckoning with sights to produce running fixes
  • Doing a noon fix
  • Three star fix with selected stars, H.O. 249 Volume 1
  • Using the moon
  • Planning the navigator’s daily routine on a passage; ideal azimuths for the vessel’s course
Upon course completion you will receive a Landfall Navigation Marine Training Center certificate of completion in Basic Celestial Navigation and Intermediate Celestial Navigation
  • Air Navigation Tables Publication 249, Volume 3 , Latitudes 39-89
  • 2018 Nautical Almanac, Government or Commercial Version
  • Plotting tools: pad of plotting sheets, parallel rule, compass, pencil, eraser
  • Bring a sextant if you have one, Instructor will have two sextants available.
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  • Note: Printed Reduction Forms and other handouts will be provided in class.