PILOTING WITH CELESTIAL ALGORITHMS

Thomas R. Metcalf and Frederic T. Metcalf

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Abstract: This paper shows how coastal piloting observations can be cast in a form that allows them to be reduced using a celestial navigation algorithm. This is useful when navigating with a computer that can compute a position fix from celestial observations, but is not explicitly designed to handle coastal piloting. It is also a useful technique for incorporating piloting into a computer program without programming piloting and celestial techniques separately. We treat three cases: a range to a known object, a bearing to a known object, and a horizontal angle measured between two known objects.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 41, Number 2
Pages: 207 - 214
Cite this article: Metcalf, Thomas R., Metcalf, Frederic T., "PILOTING WITH CELESTIAL ALGORITHMS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer 1994, pp. 207-214.
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