Starpath Celestial Navigation
Lesson Plans

Lesson 1 INTRODUCTION, BACKGROUND, AND OVERVIEW

Why you don't need to be nervous about learning celestial, if you might be Tools of the Trade Terminology Overview of Ocean Navigation Overview of Celestial Navigation Bird's Eye View of a Celestial Fix Latitude, Longitude, and Nautical Miles Arithmetic of Angles and Time Exercises on Angles and Time
 

Lesson 2 SEXTANTS

All about Sextants How to Take a Sextant Sight How to Read a Sextant Introduction to sextant corrections Exercises on Sextant Reading
 

Lesson 3 NOON SIGHTS (LAN)

Overview of a Noon sight Details, Virtues, and Drawbacks Step-by-step procedures for doing an LAN Sight Use of the Nautical Almanac for finding sun's declination Practice and Exercises on LAN Sights. At the end of this lesson, you will have mastered some 75% of the overall process of learning celestial navigation
 

Lesson 4 PLOTTING AND CHART WORK

After a lot of work with tables and numbers, we take a break and do some plotting Role of plotting and "chart work" in cel nav Universal Plotting Sheets Exercise with Universal Plotting Sheets Procedure for Plotting Celestial LOPs Exercise on Plotting LOPs DR Plotting Exercise
 

Lesson 5 SUN SIGHTS

Back to the tables and workforms! Role of sun sights in ocean navigation Sunrise, Sunset, and Twilight Times Instructions for doing Sun Lines using Starpath Workforms More work with the Nautical Almanac Use of Sight Reduction Tables Practice with Sun Lines This is our most "intense" lesson. After this one, it is all downhill. Now you will have completed some 90% of the learning process.
 

Lesson 6 RUNNING FIXES

And another break from the tables with more chart work and plotting Role of running fixes in marine navigation Running Fixes in Coastal Nav Step by step procedures for Running Fixes in Celestial Nav Basic Exercises on Running Fixes Combined exercises on sun sight reductions and running fixes
 

Lesson 7 STAR SIGHTS

Role of star sights preparing for star sights Step by step procedures for Sight Reduction of star sights using Starpath workforms Exercises on Star Sights
 

Lesson 8 PLANET SIGHTS

Role of planet sights Preparing for planet sights Step by step procedures for Sight Reduction of Planet sights using Starpath workforms Exercises on Planet Sights
 

Lesson 9 MOON SIGHTS

Role of moon sights Special considerations with moon sights Step by step procedures for Sight Reduction of moon sights using Starpath workforms Exercises on Moon Sights
 

Lesson 10 STAR and PLANET IDENTIFICATION

Role of star ID in routine cel nav Introduction to The Star Finder Book Identifying Stars and Planets with the 2102-D Star Finder ID by Pub 249, Vol 1 Precomputing Star Sights by Star Finder and direct sight reduction Star Gazing as a Navigator (tricks and tips, some mythology, some astronomy) Finding directions from the stars
 

Lesson 11 IN DEPTH STUDIES OF SPECIAL TOPICS

Electronic Navigation at Sea (GPS) Radio Time Signals Compass Checks at Sea How to Average Sights for Optimum Emergency Procedures Checking Index Correction with the sun ("Explorer's method") How to Check a Sextant with the Stars An Ocean-Going Nav Station Offshore Navigation Checklist Latitude by Polaris Sight Reduction with the NAO Tables Calculators and Computers for Celestial Navigation Dip Short and Sextant Practice at a Shoreline Using Artificial Horizons Plastic Sextant Sights Longitude from LAN AM to PM Running Fixes (the optimum method)
 

Lesson 12 HOW TO CARRY ON WITH WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

How to practice on your own Internet resources that help Typical day's work at sea Lunars as a way to advance your skills Emergency Navigation applications as a way to advance your knowledge Organizations of kindred souls