MINIMIZING ERRORS IN CELESTIAL POSITIONING

Paul F. Ross

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Abstract: Procedures are described for reducing systematic and random errors in obtaining sextant altitude for a celestial body using a marine sextant. Error reduction by a factor of from 3 to 8 is anticipated as compared with widely taught standard practrces. This method is useful for both yachtsmen and professional mariners. Statistical approaches to understanding and reducing errors in positioning applied here to celestial navigation are not available in Bowditch and Dutton, and should become a routine part of understanding and teaching navigation.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 41, Number 3
Pages: 251 - 264
Cite this article: Ross, Paul F., "MINIMIZING ERRORS IN CELESTIAL POSITIONING", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 41, No. 3, Fall 1994, pp. 251-264.
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