James N. Wilson

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: A fundamental method of calculating the time difference between meridian transit and when a body is at its highest altitude allows direct correction for the effects of vessel velocity and rate of declination change. A novel graphical procedure for determining the time of highest altitude results in a simple way to obtain a fix from observations near meridian passage. Calculators or computers are not needed in the method. An example demonstrates the practica:l merit of the approach. Derivation of the equations is presented, and observational error sensitivity is discussed.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 32, Number 1
Pages: 85 - 95
Cite this article: Wilson, James N., "POSITION FROM OBSERVATION OF A SINGLE BODY", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring 1985, pp. 85-95.
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