A navigator's dream machine, this program does all computations that might arise in routine or even special-case navigation. It is fast, easy, and highly accurate — whether you are in the middle of the ocean or in coastal or inland waters. StarPilot-PC sets new standards in the field of celestial navigation and in computational solutions to conventional piloting fixes.
Celestial highlights include a Sight Planner that plots out the full sky in a radar-like view, showing heights and bearings of all bodies, from which you call a Best Sights function to display the best triads of sights for that sky. Once sights are in hand, the Sight Analyzer function fits sequences of data to the correct theoretical shape so navigators can identify the best sights of their set. Celestial fixes can be obtained from its plotted LOPs or from computation. StarPilot-PC also includes a versatile Lunars routine for finding GMT from lunar distances. You can analyze present data or even historic data from early explorers – the internal almanac is accurate from the 16th century until 2100.
Piloting highlights include numeric solutions to crossed bearings and running fixes (with or without current and leeway), sextant piloting with vertical angles, and numeric solutions to 3-point fixes using horizontal sextant angles for high precision piloting. All tidal current vector problems are solved, as well as geographic range, all route sailings, tide and current interpolators, bow-angle fixes, wind vectors, speed-time-distance, DR updates by log or speed, and much more. The program was developed by Dr. Luis Soltero, professional scientist and mathematician as well as seasoned sailor who has cruised and lived aboard his own sailboat for many years. The user interface was designed by the Starpath School of Navigation and reflects their proven approach to ocean and coastal navigation tested over many years and many thousands of miles underway.