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The Sextant Handbook

Adjustment, Repair, Use and History. 2 Revised edition. …
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Titel: The Sextant Handbook
Autor/en: Bruce A. Bauer

ISBN: 0070052190
EAN: 9780070052192
Adjustment, Repair, Use and History.
2 Revised edition.
Sprache: Englisch.
International Marine Publishing Co

1. Februar 1995 - kartoniert - 192 Seiten

"The wealth of useful material is prodigious and by the time one has reached the back cover, the sextant is an old friend. Just as important, Cdr. Bauer deals comprehensively with maintenance and service, and his advice on how to select and assess a second-hand sextant is truly worthwhile. Refreshingly, he writes in a friendly manner--almost as though he is chatting to a group of students. A thoroughly enjoyable book."--Peter Milne, Technical Editor, "Yachting World Magazine" (England) "If this book is a highly detailed technical manual, the reader is hardly aware, so plentiful are the diversions into related topics. It makes great reading and virtually everyone . . . regardless of one's skill level with a sextant . . . will find new things to learn about sextants, their history, their future and their best use."--"Ocean Navigator""The sextant and Commander Bauer's handbook should be standard equipment on every seagoing vessel. It is a book that should be provided with every sextant and class in navigating."--R. J. Holt, Director, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum "One recognizes here a centennial Lecky on the sextant. There is plenty of new material presented in a manner that would make a stranger want to meet Bruce Bauer and converse with him face to face."--Paul M. Anderton, Navigation Instructor "Cdr. Bauer's book will become a standard reference on the sextant for professional and amateur navigators around the world. I have been doing celestial navigation since 1953 and have not, until now, been able to find so much information on the sextant collected in one place."--A. W. Fowler, Ocean Racing Navigator "Bauer has succeeded in gathering a wealth of information froma multitude of sources and brought it all together into a fascinating book for the mariner. I recommend it to those who navigate the ocean's highways."--Warren P. Davis, Colonel, USA (Ret.), Sextant Authority "Insecurity is sitting on a boat in the middle of the ocean stari

Chapter 1 A Short History


Latitude Hook


Cross Staff

Back Staff


Chapter 2 Elements of the Sextant and Four Vital Adjustments


Frame and Index Mirror

Frame and Horizon Glass


Index Mirror and Horizon Glass

Telescope and Frame

Adjustment Procedures

Chapter 3 Attachments and Accessories


Double Star Prism

Wide View Horizon Glass

Davis Prism Level

Bubble Horizon Attachment

Neck Straps

Visual Aids

Chapter 4 Care, Maintenance, and Repair

Oiling and Cleaning

Immersion Bath Procedures

How to Hold

Where to Put Down

Mounted Sextant Boxes

Emergency Silvering Techniques

Applying Paint

Resilvering Horizon Glass

Chapter 5 How to Buy a Sextant

Where to Find Them


Five Ground Rules to Avoid Problems

Taking Test Sights

Interstellar Test Table

Discovering the Dropped Sextant

Reconditioning Costs

Chapter 6 Sighting Techniques

Inversion for Location

Precalculating Azimuths

Rocking or Swinging an Arc

Sun's Upper Limb

Shades for Sun, Moon, and Venus

Correcting for False Horizon

Rough Weather Sighting Techniques

Making a Monocle

Chapter 7 Correcting the Sight

The Thirteen Errors

Correcting for Moon, Venus, and Mars

Correcting for Wave Height

Chapter 8 Timing the Sight Accurately

The Hack Watch

Using a Tape Recorder

Counting Paces and Stopwatches

Attaching Stopwatch to Sextant

Chapter 9 Searching for Stars

The Necessity for Preplanning

Finding Sunrise

Using the Rude Star Finder

Converting Local Time

Using H.O. Pub. No. 249

Making and Using a Wrist Board

Chapter 10 Sextants of Tomorrow

Is the Sextant Doomed?

Coming Developments


A--Sextant Check Procedures

B--Sextant Manufacturers

C--Distribution and Dealers

D--The Navigator's Basic Tool Kit

E--Making and Using an Artificial Horizon

F--Table of Interstellar Angles for Practice Sighting and Sextant Testing

G--Useful Addresses



Cmdr. Bruce A. Bauer, USN (ret.), is a professional navigator and master mariner with the U.S. Merchant Marine. He presently commands a Navy research vessel sailing between the United States and the Caribbean islands and recently commanded the ship that was successful in relocating the historic sunken submarine Monitor off Cape Hatteras. A former destroyer captain, Cmdr. Bauer has taught radar and been a senior instructor for the Master Mates and Pilots School of Advanced Studies and also served as the commander of the Naval Research Lab at Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. In addition to The Sextant Handbook, Cmdr. Bauer has written articles on the subject of marine sextants for Cruising World and SAIL magazines. He lives with his artist wife, Nancy, on the shores of the Chesapeake in Deale, Maryland.
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