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This jumped out at me: “The one thing that really put me off from trying celestial is John Karl’s statement that a person with poor eyesight will get poor results using a sextant… my eyes aren’t great.” Mine are so bad that my prescription glasses cause severe chromatic aberration!
Also, I really love this quote: “What does it matter to you which is the hardest to play if you’re the one playing them?” I will be using that one!
I do appreciate the encouragement, it’s proving to be a bit of an adventure nonetheless, and it’s given me a new appreciation for the stars and world around me, and improved my regular flying navigation. Sometimes, you just gotta turn off the GPS and navigate by seeing landmarks, good ol’ pilotage.
I’d heard of the Airforce’s automatic systems, and I’m told they could even locate planets in a good amount of haze as well.