sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : New software aids sextant calculations

New software aids sextant calculations

'Win Astro Sextant software'   
In these days of GPS and computers, you may think that traditional navigation by sextant is a dying art. However this is not the case, with sextant sales remaining buoyant as mariners use a sextant both as a back-up against GPS failure, and for the satisfaction of actually deriving their position rather than just reading it off an electronic display.

The main drawback with astro navigation is not using the sextant, but rather the tedious and complex sight reduction calculations, and the need to buy a new nautical almanac each year. Using Smartcom Software’s WinAstro software solves all of this, as with a few clicks you can plan your sight, enter the time and sextant reading, and get a Line of Position.

Amongst the many users of WinAstro are most of the competitors in the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race, as well as many other ocean racing yachts. All of these boats recognise the need for a backup to GPS, but don’t want the weight of carrying an almanac or the tedium of the sight reduction calculations.

A new version of WinAstro has just been released. The main improvements are the inclusion of Stellarium to give a sky at night planetarium to help recognise the stars, planets and constellations, and also a French version of the software. The new release is also fully Vista compatible (as well as running on older versions of Windows).

WinAstro remains priced at just £24.95 including VAT.

More information on WinAstro, including the ability to download a demo version, can be obtained from www.winastro.co.uk




by Tim Thornton

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=48549

11:28 AM Fri 5 Sep 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

16 Jun 2009  Laser to get new mainsheet blocks after 30 years
09 May 2009  New antifoul discovery - 100% effective AND green
15 Apr 2009  Musto get on board with Skandia Team GBR
26 Feb 2009  New Lewmar V6 - V8 Windlass - true super yacht appeal
02 Nov 2008  Easypower doubles winch power
25 Oct 2008  SeaSuckers - No-drill attachment for accessories
26 Jul 2008  BBC Dragons track-down Waterbuoy for new TV show
26 Jun 2008  RNLI innovation saves first lives
15 Jun 2008  One Antenna, Three Uses, New from Glomex
08 Jun 2008  Tempus 2000 - For Medical Emergencies at Sea
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,




























470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,


































AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT