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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Sextant - a navigational instrument used to measure the angle of elevation of celestial bodies,
sextant: a unit of angular distance equal to 60 degrees; a measuring instrument for measuring the angular distance between celestial objects
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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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Even though Sir Isaac Newton invented the principles of the sextant, he never published his work. During the 18th century the sextant became the most important ...
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