Center for Celestial Navigation


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What is the Center for Celestial Navigation?

The mission of the Center for Celestial Navigation is to make learning Celestial Navigation easier and low cost.

For those seeking American Sailing Association ASA117 Celestial Navigation Endorsement or ASA107 Celestial Navigation Certification, the course materials for ASA 117 or ASA 107 are available for download in PFD format from our website.  By making them available as digital downloads, prices are much lower due to elimination of shipping and printing costs.

The digital version of ASA117 comes complete with everything needed by students to learn to utilize Polaris and Local Apparent Noon and to gain ASA117 Celestial Navigation Endorsement.

The digital version of ASA107 Celestial Navigation comes complete with everything needed by students to learn to utilize the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Stars to find their position at sea and to gain ASA107 Celestial Navigation Certification except for the Star Finder and DMA Plotting Sheet.  These are both available on our website for a fee and are shipped at no additional charge in the continental US.

For those who want a printed and bound “Solving the Puzzle of Celestial Navigation” Textbook, in addition to the digital version, we have it available for purchase on our website and it is shipped at no additional charge in the continental US.

After you complete the ASA117 and/or ASA107 Celestial Navigation test(s), you can mail the completed test(s) to our ASA Affiliated Sailing School partners, Delmarva Sailing School, and Nockamixon Sailing School, for grading and ASA 117 and/or ASA 107 Celestial Navigation Certification at no additional charge.

“Solving the Puzzle of Celestial Navigation” is the finest Textbook available for learning Celestial Navigation and earning ASA117 Celestial Navigation Endorsement and ASA107 Celestial Navigation Certification.  Captain Mike Brown has over 40,000 ocean nautical miles and has taught ASA117 and ASA107 Celestial Navigation for over ten years.  The 400 page “Solving the Puzzle of Celestial Navigation” Textbook was written to provide detailed step by step instructions for how to work problems similar to those in the ASA 117 and/or ASA 107 Celestial Navigation Tests.  All problems are solved using easy to use Work Forms.

Students who do not seek ASA Certification can download the “Solving the Puzzle of Celestial Navigation” Textbook and learn Celestial Navigation from the finest Celestial Navigation book available.  We also offer Celestial Navigation Work Forms for Polaris, Local Apparent Noon, Stars, Sun Planets and Moon, and Star Finder included with course materials or can be purchased separately.   

Maybe you are one of the many thousands who say they would love to learn celestial navigation, but you never have gotten around to it because you perceive that it is difficult to learn and expensive to take Celestial Navigation classes. 

Maybe you have already purchased a Celestial Navigation class or Book and are struggling to learn Celestial Navigation due to the poor course materials provided.

Maybe you are just about to sail on an ocean passage and want to have instructions in your computer or IPAD for performing Celestial Navigation, just in case your electronics fail during the passage.

You do not need a sextant to learn how to perform Celestial Navigation but you will need one eventually to perform Celestial Navigation.

By using our Course Materials you can more easily achieve your goal of learning Celestial Navigation and/or gaining ASA117 Celestial Navigation Endorsement or ASA107 Celestial Navigation Certification.

Electronic and Printed Celestial Navigation Classes.

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