Classes in celestial navigation and related topics
Easy Introductory Celestial Navigation
An easy introduction to the basic principles of celestial navigation from a modern perspective designed for yachstmen and recreational boaters as well as long-distance hikers, cross-country explorers, and other wayfinders. Also appropriate for anyone interested in a quick overview of the science of celestial navigation. 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 explore 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. Taught by Frank Reed, a gifted teacher and one of the world's leading experts in celestial navigation.
- Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm both days.
- Requirements: Basic addition and subtraction, good familiarity with latitude and longitude.
- Recommended for ages 18 and up, students as young as age 10 welcome.
- Cost (subject to change): $140 ($125 for members of Mystic Seaport)
- Register for this class by phoning the Reservations desk at Mystic Seaport Museum: 860.572.5322, press 1 at the prompt.
I highly recommend any of Frank's classes and workshops, since the guy knows what he's talking about, and he can explain it to folks with (or without) all kinds of math and physics backgrounds.
Plus, it's just plain fun to realize that all you have to do to find out where you are in the universe is "look up". Now that's just cool.
The class was also a great resource for my teaching and my own research interests such as the visibility of celestial objects in the daytime (Jupiter and Venus) and the effects of astronomical refraction near the horizon. I hope to take more workshops with Frank.
Dr. Russell D. Sampson
Eastern Connecticut State University
Also, the class was made more enjoyable through discussions with my other classmates during, and after the class had ended! You know a class is worthwhile when the learning continues outside of the classroom.
Philip M. Sadler, Ed.D.
F.W. Wright Senior Lecturer in Celestial Navigation
Harvard University Astronomy Department
Samuel S. Caldwell MD
Saratoga Springs, NY
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