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tkdguy21 Sep 2016 11:43 p.m. PST

Just as the title says. Keep in mind I'm a landlubber, and this is mainly for personal knowledge. I'm fairly decent at math, so that part shouldn't be a problem.

Any recommendations would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Sep 2016 6:06 a.m. PST

look for a service manual (Army, Navy). Basic training type skill set.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Sep 2016 7:10 a.m. PST

Longitude by Dava Sobel. Covers a lot of things by focusing on the science history of one of the most important changes to navigation.

Tacitus22 Sep 2016 10:50 a.m. PST

Longitude is also very easy for the lay person to understand, both technically and as history.

Terrement Inactive Member22 Sep 2016 11:05 a.m. PST

Are you looking for navigation at sea? Over land?

Background or specifics?For example, there is a big difference between reading map and compass to navigate over land, to navigation to a position on land using celestial navigation but without a chart.

At sea there is a big difference between navigation among islands, along a coast or across an ocean.

tkdguy23 Sep 2016 2:03 a.m. PST

I was looking mainly for navigation at sea. Coming from an astronomy background, celestial navigation is a must.

Having said that, land navigation is good too. I do have a compass, so I should make some use of that.

Thanks for the replies. I have to admit reading a Horatio Hornblower novel rekindled my interest in the subject, although I have thought about it before.

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