English translation: exact/accurate positioning instrument, positioner
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the sextant enables one to calculate the exact position at sea and in the air.
Explanation: Hi Cynth! I asked my husband's advice here who was trained as a pilot. You will probably know that a sextant by itself does not provide you the location, such as a dial, or other instrument. By 'shooting stars' the pilot or sailor can locate his or her position by carrying out calculations. So I would throw the sentence around a bit.
Where ARE we?
... a sextant is a handheld instrument ... the basic terms. The BEST Celestial Navigation ... The
Nautical Almanac and Astrological Ephemeris ... 1700s, one could buy a sextant ...
PBS - The Voyage of the Odyssey - Track the Voyage - Kiribati
... After I take my sights I return my sextant to its case and proceed
to calculate our position. Under the irritating brightness of ... www.pbs.org/odyssey/odyssey/ 20010102_log_transcript.html
Marijke Mayer Netherlands Local time: 08:18 Native speaker of: Dutch