This practicum is a concise two-day course in the theory and practice of practical celestial navigation.
Participants will learn basic principles, timekeeping, almanac usage, sight reduction methods and position plotting, and training and observation with a marine sextant. Alternative reduction by scientific hand calculator will be discussed, and a PC-based programmed calculator emulator offered.
At the conclusion, participants will be able to take sights, reduce them and plot positions from daily observations of the sun – our closest star. Morning twilight observations of the moon and planets may be offered, all dependent on weather conditions.
No special math skills are required—only addition and subtraction, and table look-ups. All materials will be provided, just bring your interest and enthusiasm and be ready to have fun!
Instructor; Nate Hazen, Engineer, Sailor, National Chapman Award Winning Instructor for US Power Squadrons
Times: Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6, 9:00am-4:00pm both days including question and answer time at the end of each day. Lunch will be provided daily. This workshop will take place in the Tyco Visitor Center at Strawbery Banke Museum.
Cost: Tuition $195 Strawbery Banke Museum members (please contact us for the discount code); $215 non-members.
Materials Fee*: $110, includes 2018 Nautical Almanac, Davis MK 3 Sextant, Planisphere Star Finder, & a CD-Rom with full instructional PowerPoint presentations.
Space is limited. Register by April 20th.
*Please contact us about a materials discount if you have a sextant, star finder or nautical almanac you plan to bring to use during the class.
For information on other upcoming Boatshop at Strawbery Banke workshops and programs visit www.boatshopatstrawberybanke.org.