How do I use a sextant?


To lean how to use a sextant you will first need the right equipment. A good telescope, an index mirror, a horizon mirror, shades for both the index mirror and the horizon mirror, an arc and a micrometer head are all needed for the sextant. You can find more information here:
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1. Point the sextant towards the horizon. Look through the eyepiece and adjust the focus until the image is clear and the reflected horizon lines up exactly with the one seen directly
A sextant is a navigational instrument that sights upon the stars to determine a ship's position. This instrument was crucial to naval navigation until global positioning became a
I'm not quite sure what the problem is. If you know how to use a sextant, the principle is exactly the same as taking a solar sight - you bring the object you are looking at down
A sextant is an instrument generally used to measure the altitude of a celestial object
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How to Use the Sextant
A sextant measures the angle between the Earth's horizon and a celestial body. This angle, known as the altitude, can be used in a series of calculations to work out the user's latitude and longitude. Despite the advent of modern GPS systems, sextants... More »
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Do you know how to use a sextant? A sextant is used by holding it vertically using your right hand, and then you look through it. Make sure the horizon is in the horizon glass. You can find more information here:
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