HAND HELD CALCULATORS-AN EVALUATION OF THEIR USE FOR CELESTIAL NAVIGATION

A. Bralove

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: Use of the hand-held calculator for coastwise and off-shore navigation has inspired the publication of many articles holding out exciting prospects for bringing speed and simplicity to the navigational art. In the main these have been “how-to” articles, written by people who have not identified themselves as having had any on-board experience with calculators. One exception to this seemed self-serving in that it was written by a person who teaches courses exclusively in navigation by calculator. What I am seeking to provide are answers not to the question of how to use a calculator, but under what circumstances, if any, one should be used. I intend to establish criteria against which performance can be measured, and evaluate at least some of the currently available calculators based on actual on-board experience.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 25, Number 4
Pages: 434 - 446
Cite this article: Bralove, A., "HAND HELD CALCULATORS-AN EVALUATION OF THEIR USE FOR CELESTIAL NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 25, No. 4, Winter 1978-1979, pp. 434-446.
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