This thread is an offshoot of another thread currently running (a very amusing one). One poster challenged the legitimacy of another by asking: “[I]Are you able to reduce a backsight in a celestial fix?” [/I]
Which is as salty a challenge as all Hell, and which got me thinking [B]“Does anyone nowadays, in their navigational life, reduce a backsight in a celestial fix?”[/B] I mean that as an actual question, not ironically.
I came out of the academy back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. I remember having my sextant all ready for my first job. Only to work in Alaska, where the only celestial objects seen between Labor Day and July 4th are to be found between the pages of Maxxim. (Not putting to use all the celestial training I learned at school is one of the few professional regrets I have).
Anyway, do you deep-sea guys still take your twice-daily celestial sights as part of your professional work? And if you do, when was the last time you reduced a backsight in a celestial fix? Again, I’m not trying to be sarcastic. I’m a sucker for all things traditional navigation.
(By the way, I think I sold my sextant in the '90s for some Powerball tickets. Seemed like a good idea at the time…)