Originally posted by H1ght3chHippie
Extremely interesting. I was so far completely unaware of using crystals as navigation devices.
Makes using a magnetic compass look backwards. I've checked out the Nordskip website and the diagrams, and tried to figure out how exactly it works. I
can#t seem to figure it out, so maybe someone has a brief understanding and could enlighten us ?
Well, I could not really find anything of substance on SunStones, other than Pokemon apparently uses them to fight in a game called WoW and you can do
mystical things with them. Actual life is much more fun than that.
However, as a certified navigator, and since my family descends from the final battle between the Vikings and the Scotsmen - and my father is Scottish
and my Mother is Norwegian, and having owned several vessels and sailed completely around the world on all sorts of methods, LORAN, OMEGA, Celestial
Navigation, GPS, RDF, etc, I can tell you what I would use the Sunstone for:
I would employ the spread of the Sun's rays from the stone onto a white surface beneath it in order to observe how the refracted rays lined up at
different times of the day (Ante Meridian and Post Meridian), and know when to detect Local Apparent Noon. At local apparent Noon (LAN), I suspect
the refraction would progress to a minimum and stop and begin to expand again, and by marking this refraction on a surface with a grease stick (which
could be erased for the next day), I could tell when the sun had hit LAN. Local Apparent Noon is an extraordinarily useful tool since it is
practically the ONLY thing you have to navigate by Celestially during the day. The Moon is helpful if you have an accurate clock, a sextant or
octant, and Publication HO 229 - but I doubt that the Vikings had this.
In this way with the stone, I do not have to look directly at the sun with a device and measure it repeatedly in order to determine LAN - See the
movie Master and Commander at the very beginning - where Captain Lucky Jack is teaching the Midshipmen how to shoot and call NOON bells.
With Local Apparent Noon I can estimate how far west and east I have traveled (My Longitude - see the series "The Problem of Longitude (PBS 2003)" -
while at night, by measuring the altitude of Polaris (or the appropriate North Mark in those days at the Celestial North Pole precesses clockwise in
the sky in a large circle every 27,000 years or so) I can measure my Latitude with ease. So between my Polaris shot at sunset and my LAN shot and
calculation at Noon: I know where I am!!!
Such a trick and all from a stone! I can thereby give heading orders to the Nightwatchmen after shooting Polaris, and head below to drink with the
mates, mind at ease.
edit on 6-3-2013 by TheEthicalSkeptic because: (no reason given)