Oscar, Hope this makes sence to everyone. Even after all these years I break things down military style.
Sun, watch and stars method for navigation.
Iíll try to explain these methods as simply as possible for anyone thatís not familiar with them. Iíll start with the daytime method of sun and watch. This method is more accurate the farther away from the equator you are. Where ever youíre at you know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Knowing this, as long as you have an analog watch (with hands) and the correct time, for that timezone, you can get fairly accurate compass directions. In the northern hemisphere hold your watch horizontally and point the hour hand at the sun. Imagine a line bisecting the hour hand (90 degrees and 270 degrees). This gives you your North South line. If you have any confusion as to which end is north, just remember the sun comes up in the east and sets in the west. With this information, knowledge of where youíre at and where you want to go, you can figure a general azimuth and go.
Using the stars is only possible with a clear enough sky to see the necessary constellations or the North Star (Polaris). To find the North Star draw an imaginary line from the bottom star of the big dipper to the top star in the dipper of the big dipper and beyond. Cross sect this line with a line coming from the center star of the constellation Cassiopeia and the star that crosses both lines is Polaris. Once you have north, use it the same as with the watch method to figure your direction of travel. As long as you can figure the 4 directions of the compass and imagine the degree points in the compass. It works very well. If you have a paper or plastic compass showing the actual degrees on it this can be a very accurate orienteering method. Add a map and the knowledge of where your starting from and you can go anywhere in the world.
I didnít touch on the star method for the southern hemisphere as it is more drawn out and uses the Southern Cross. If I told you everything, what would you have to research.
Hope this made sense.
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