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    Re: Comparison of Some Land-based Celestial Navigation Methods: Some Initial Observations
    From: Art Leung
    Date: 2022 Jan 24, 06:29 -0800

    Mr Herdt - this was quite interesting and the data seems to align to my observations (however, done without any statistical analysis).

    Rather than a fluid artificial horizon, I typically use a carpenter's laser level as described here: NavList: Re: Ex RNZAF navigator keen to learn marine sextant ways (151660) (fer3.com).  The laser level is more intuitive and it allows me to shoot with a nautical sextant at any time of day, tho subject to having a suitable surface to shine the laser.

    With this method, my LOPs miss my actual position typically by less than 1nm using a Tamaya Spica, C+P Horizon, and SNO-T.  I average 8 shots over 4 minutes and fit the average with the computed rate of change of the altitidue using Pub229.  Doing a 3-star fix, it is not unusual to get an asterisk thru my actual position.

    I have taken quite a number of shots using Kollsman periscopic sextants using both mechanical (clockwork) and electronic averagers and reduced using Pub249/Polhemus and Pub229 methods.  My 3-star fixes are almost always under 2.5nm in error and frequently 1nm or less.  I find the electronic averager to be more accurate than the clockwork, but both sextants, when run without the averagers, also give excellent lines of position.

    Thank you for sharing.

    -- Art

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