celestial fix

A fix obtained by sighting two or more stars of known direction, using a sextant or an astro compass. Also called an astro fix.

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  • Navigation — This article is about determination of position and direction on or above the surface of the earth. For other uses, see Navigation (disambiguation). Table of geography, hydrography, and navigation, from the 1728 Cyclopaedia. Navigation is the… …   Wikipedia

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