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Reed's Sextant Simplified
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Though contemporary sailors generally use electronic systems to orient themselves, the sextant is far from redundant. This purest of all nautical instruments, which allows seafarers to accurately determine their global position alone and without the aid of modern technology, is still required equipment on all commercial trading vessels; should electronic systems fail, a sextant can make the difference between disaster and survival. In this invaluable tutorial for beginning navigators, Pike clearly and efficiently explains the use and care of the sextant.
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Capably written by experienced seaman and navigator Dag Pike, Reed's Sextant Simplified is an accessibly practical and authoritative guide to using a navigational device that has served seamen and airmen across generations and down through the centuries. Practical tips, a straightforward tutorial to reading and taking sights, making adjustments and correcting for errors, advice on handling and caring for the instrument, and more fill the pages of this solid resource which is especially recommended for beginners and has much to offer even the more experienced seafarer! Midwest Book Review 20031001

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