Astro Navigation Demystified. The ultimate book of the series; it is a complete course in astro / celestial navigation. This unique self-teach course comprehensively covers all relevant elements of the examination syllabuses of the main sailing associations. However, if you are looking for something to enable you to rote-learn only what you need to pass an exam without real understanding, then sorry, this is not the book for you; if, on the other hand, you want a book that will not only help you to pass exams but also teach you to navigate and to understand what you are doing, then you have come to the right place. Part one ranges from simple explanations of the basic principles through to detailed expositions of the important aspects of the subject. Part two provides a comprehensive coverage of the use of rapid sight reduction techniques for position fixing. Although it is a large book (containing 324, letter size pages) it is thoroughly cross-referenced and the language style used allows the text to flow smoothly from beginning to end so that it makes enjoyable reading.
It is emphasised that this book teaches the rapid reduction method of astro navigation. If you wish to learn how to use the traditional method which involves the application of spherical trigonometry, then you may prefer ‘Celestial Navigation – The Ultimate Course’ which forms part of the series.