Skip to main content Skip to footer


Celestial Navigation: Dancing with the Stars

Course Overview

Celestial navigation is one of the oldest forms of navigation. For thousands of years, an understanding of the sky has guided mariners safely across the trackless oceans of the world. It is a traditional craft that is rich in both history and romance. With the advent of modern electronics, one can now cross oceans with little more than a smartphone to find the way–making traditional navigation an all but lost art. But we would argue that as a mariner, there are few things more satisfying than finding your way across the waters using a few basic tools, a sharp pencil and a little bit of luck–none of which requires electricity. This course will introduce the art of celestial navigation. We will cover the basic theory and concepts of navigating by celestial bodies, the care and use of the sextant, the use of the Nautical Almanac and Sight Reduction Tables, and easy to follow steps on how to take and work out sun and star sites.  No prior experience is necessary.

Required Tools 

  • The 2024 Nautical Almanac and Sight Reduction Tables Publication 229 Volume 4
  • Sextant: the instructor has several sextants for participants to use, but to maximize your personal practice, it is recommended that you bring your own


Tue, Sep 17th, 2024  –  Thu, Sep 19th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $285.00
Latest Update: View recent changes →

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mark Gordon
Mark Gordon
Two Harbors, MN

Request a Catalog

Enjoy the tactile sensation of browsing our newsprint catalog of courses? Request your free copy of the North House Catalog here! And browse the digital edition while you wait!

Stay in touch!

Subscribe to our e-newsletter

Be the first to know about new courses and events!

Celestial Navigation: Dancing with the Stars