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Celestial Navigation: From Noon Sight To Dancing with the Stars

Course Overview

Celestial navigation is one of the oldest forms of navigation. For thousands of years, an understanding of the sky has guided mariners safely across the trackless oceans of the world. It is a traditional craft that is rich in both history and romance. With the advent of modern electronics, one can now cross oceans with little more than a smartphone to find the way—making celestial navigation as well as other traditional forms of navigation all but a lost art. We would argue that as a mariner, there are few things more satisfying than finding your way across the waters using a few basic tools, a sharp pencil, and a little bit of luck–none of which requires electricity. This course will introduce the art of celestial navigation. We will cover the basic theory and concepts of navigating by celestial bodies, the care and use of the sextant, the use of the Nautical Almanac and Sight Reduction Tables, and easy-to-follow steps on how to take and work out sun and star sites. No prior experience is necessary.

North House is looking forward to hosting this course on campus in the safest way possible. Students will be asked to wear a mask at all times on campus, and to practice social distancing of 6 feet, as well as adhere to other safety protocols. See the full details of our COVID-19 protocols here.


Fri, Sep 11th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 13th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 3 days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm, times will vary some during class
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $255.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • the 2020 Nautical Almanac and Sight Reduction Tables Publication 229 Volume 4
  • Sextant: the instructor has several sextants for participants to use, but to maximize your personal practice, it is reccommended that you bring your own

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Waiting List

The course Celestial Navigation: From Noon Sight To Dancing with the Stars Fri, Sep 11th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 13th, 2020 is full.

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