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RE: Navigation
Posted by: Jay Baker ()
Date: August 19, 2000 02:55PM

Agreed!!! The sextant and charts were the primary means of navigation. One German sextant company even developed an "averaging" sextant not unlike 40's and 50's era airplane sextants because the amount of time a Navigator would have topside would be limited especially in later stages of the war. The easiest time to use a sextant is around sunset and is at this time you might have a choice of celestial "targets". A lot of Navigators take these sights and then possible the so called Noon sight to check their work. Depending on how accurate your "dead reckoning" courses were, these sightings could be pretty time dependent. By the way, shooting star sights is pretty tough even without a war going on around you. The noon sight can/could take a half hour. Near the end of the war, they grabbed any sighting they could. Another thing to think about is when the snorkel was introduced, the theory was to stay submerged as long as possible...making any kind of celestial sextant sighting impossible. I think you would have to greatly admire the work these gentlemen did on board.

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Navigation Andrew Hetherington 08/18/2000 08:09AM
RE: Navigation Robert Eno 08/18/2000 11:38AM
RE: Navigation Jay Baker 08/19/2000 02:55PM
RE: Navigation Rbbert Eno 08/19/2000 03:20PM
RE: Navigation and the Wolf Pack tactic Andrew Hetherington 08/21/2000 10:12AM
RE: Navigation and the Wolf Pack tactic Robert Eno 08/21/2000 05:29PM
RE: Navigation and the Wolf Pack tactic Steve Borgianini 09/05/2000 01:22AM
RE: Navigation and the Wolf Pack tactic Robert Eno 09/05/2000 11:42PM

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