Classes in celestial navigation and related topics

A vernier sextant --from my collection Recent photo of Frank Reed Once a physicist Centennia Historical Atlas -- Created by Frank Reed Leap Seconds Conference -- October 2011

About me, Frank Reed

I teach all of the classes in celestial navigation presently offered by ReedNavigation. I have been teaching celestial navigation on a casual basis for decades, but I decided to make a formal business out of it in 2009. My interest in celestial extends back to my first class in the subject in 1978 at the age of 15. That class was offered by the "Seaport Planetarium", now the Treworgy Planetarium, at Mystic Seaport and was taught by Don Treworgy himself. I am fluent in nearly every technique and tool in celestial navigation from ancient historical methods to the most modern computer-based applications, and I am an expert in the topic of lunars.


10 posted. 3 waiting approval.

rm.maxwell wrote: 1/8/2010
Looks like I'm your first.

Just a note to wish you well on this eponymous venture!

Rommel wrote: 6/22/2013
Frank, what kind of Sextant (is it marine or aviation) are you pictured with in the banner?
Is that your Navy Mark V?
Frank Reed wrote: 6/22/2013
Hello Rommel, That sextant is a Plath from c.1958. It's a very nice, dead-on accurate instrument which I often bring to classes and sight-taking opportunities. The only USN sextant I own is a Mk II from c.1944. It's a nice little instrument, but somewhat less accurate than most of the others.
Robert Languedoc wrote: 11/15/2013
By chance was a relative of yours an astronomer who went to MIT and was a member of Skyscapers in RI?
Frank Reed wrote: 12/15/2013
Robert, no, no relation. Are you connected with Skyscrapers RI? I did a little presentation on "lunars" for them last summer.
Erik Berg wrote: 1/17/2014
I like this site very much. Have been Cel Nav addict since about 1963.
Made my own sextants to practice. But it was hard work then, difficult
to find proper books, NA very expensive for a young boy.
But I found a way how to use Houels 5 digit Log Table as HO 211 (Ageton).
Then came first digital calculators and now....
So I have fallen back to old methods like Borda.
Computers are just fine for checking the results, though.
Thank You and continue Your fine work.

Chris Thomas wrote: 7/14/2014
You probably don't remember me, but we knew each other when we were kids; our moms were friends. I stayed with your family over the summer a couple of times and you and I explored the waters around Noank and Mystic. Ironically, I taught in the Naval Academy's Seamanship and Navigation Department in the mid- 1990s and not too long ago retired from the Navy. I recently did some work related to leap seconds.
Best regards,
Frank Reed wrote: 7/15/2014
Wow, Chris. Small world! I'll email you sometime to learn more. Thanks for writing!
Michael Earnest QM1(SW), USN ret. wrote: 8/25/2014
Have you ever used your celestial navigation skills to cross an ocean?
Frank Reed wrote: 8/30/2014
Michael, no, I have never had the privilege! But with that "QM1" rating after your name, I am guessing that you have, yes? We would love to hear about the tools that you used. What decade(s) were you navigating USN vessels?

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