Author Archives: Celestaire

Should You Get a Compass Model

Experts are divided about the wisdom of having binoculars with a built-in compass showing in the field of view. There are several arguments against this configuration. Repairmen say that the compass is the weakest link in the system. The compass protrudes outward from the binoculars, and is thus the first thing to be damaged. Some [...]

Choosing a World Band Radio

The job for a world band radio is tough. Crowded signals traveling long distances require proper equipment for good reception. Yet, there is a global free-for-all in the manufacturing and merchandising of these radios. Some do an excellent job, and some are sold on the basis of good looks while having terrible performance. The following [...]

Time Signals

Having the correct time is important in all navigation, but is paramount for celestial. Determining longitude has always been the strictest test of timekeeping which is today improved by quartz clocks and worldwide broadcast time signals. These time signals are broadcast on shortwave frequencies of 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz in the USA, [...]

About Basemaps

Several of these GPSs which have “MAP” in their name, have what is called “a built-in basemap”. The benefits of a basemap are as follows: Intuitive orientation. Simply turn the unit on, and upon acquisition of satellites, your location will be shown in the center of a map. Pick up the unit and start walking, and [...]

Plotting an Emergency Fix from the Sun

The emergency here is twofold. First you have lost all electronic navigation, and secondly you don’t know how to plot a celestial fix! Here then is how to do it (excerpted from a fifth grade course). You will notice from the preceding page that there are two things required to plot a fix: knowing where […]

About Celestaire

At Celestaire, we feel the science and art of celestial navigation is of fundamental importance on all voyages whether on land, sea, or in the air. We think the celestial way, although ancient in origin, is still the most exciting way to navigate. It can be done anywhere with complete self-sufficiency, AND it can be […]