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Celestial Navigation - A Home Study Courseby David Burch
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This book includes: Text, Practice problems, Tables selections, Full solutions, and Work forms. Universal Plotting Sheets are available online at no charge. This book covers how to find position at sea from timed sextant sights of the sun, moon, stars, and planets plus other routine and special procedures of safe, efficient offshore navigation. No previous navigation experience is required — the only math involved is arithmetic (adding and subtracting angles and times).
This is a practical, how-to-do-it book, which also includes clear explanations of how it works and how to do it well. Plus this book includes other crucial factors of ocean navigation besides just finding out where you are from the stars, such as logbook procedures, dead reckoning, error analysis, route planning, etc. At the end of this book, you will be ready for ocean navigation.
More than 20,000 students have successfully learned celestial from these materials and gone on to cross oceans or circumnavigate the globe.
The textbook used in the Starpath online homestudy celestial navigation course. Available on it's own for the first time. For more info visit www.starpath.com/courses
About the Author
David Burch is the author of the courses and director of the school. He has more than 70,000 miles of ocean experience ranging from the Arctic ice edge to Tahiti and Australia in the Pacific and from New York to Panama in the Atlantic. He has sailed across the Pacific to Hawaii ten times, three times winning the Victoria to Maui yacht race, and in 1984 setting the elapsed time record for that passage for vessels under 38 feet long (the record lasted sixteen years, but was beat in the 2000 race). The latest trip was the 2004 Pacific Cup. In powerboats, he delivered a 65-foot fishing vessel from New York to Seattle, via Panama and has made numerous coastal deliveries between WA and CA, AK, and Mexico. He navigated the only American entry (72-foot Cassiopeia) in the storm-ridden '93 Sydney to Hobart yacht race and has since navigated that vessel on the '96 Vic Maui and Swiftsure Lightship Classic when she won first overall in the latter. He holds a USCG masters license, 100 GT.
He is the author of nine books on marine navigation and his magazine articles have appeared in Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, Sailing, and Sea Kayaker. His column "Burch at the Helm" has appeared monthly in BlueWater Sailing magainze since 2009. His recent books are Radar for Mariners from McGraw-Hill, 2005; second edtion of Emergency Navigation, 2008, and Modern Marine Weather 2008, fourth edition of Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation, 2009 The Barometer Handbook, and in 2010 How to Use Plastic Sextants.
His work has been recognized with the Institute of Navigation's Superior Achievement Award for outstanding performance as a practicing navigator, and by a USCG citationfor his successful weather and vessel performance analysis used in a search and rescue operation. In 2011 he was awarded Fellow grade in the Institute of Navigation.
On the academic side, he is a past Fulbright Scholar with a Ph.D. in physics.
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