# The New American Practical Navigator: Being an Epitome of Navigation : Containing All the Tables Necessary to be Used with the Nautical Almanac, in Determining the Latitutde, and the Longitude by Lunar Observations : and Keeping a Complete Reckoning at Sea : the Whole Exemplified in a Journal, Kept from Boston to Madeira : with an Appendix Containg Methods of Calculating Ex\clipses of the Sun and Moon, and Occultations of the Fixed Stars

E. M. blunt, 1826 - Nautical astronomy - 617 pages

### Contents

 32 72 Construction and use of Merca 77 Of the logline and halfminute 88 To find the suns declination 110 To calculate the true amplitude 114 To find the time of the moons 120 dian altitude of a planet 127 112 158 To calculate the altitude of 180 150 189 88 196 89 205 34 217
 loured glasses 47 To measure the angular distance 53 To measure the angular distance 59 102 102 Journal from Boston to Madeira 231 Method of keeping a reckoning 256 To find the lee way and allow 1 Abridged rule for calculating 7 To calculate the lon 13 Given the lati 5 579 11 583

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