Monday, December 12, 2011

New Life for Old Pub 249 Vol. 1

An out of date Pub 249 vol. #1 Air Navigation (selected stars) is still extremely useful for general star finding, selecting optimal stars for twilight observations, and determining star azimuths to the nearest degree. Combine Pub 249 (to tabulate selected star azimuths) with a scientific calculator (to calculate altitude from a DR assumed position) and save a great deal of calculator button pushing with no loss of precision. A must try on your next round of stars.