The first ever Digital Sextant provides a simple to use solution that requires no specialist training and is capable of delivering pinpoint accuracy within just one second of sighting without the need for additional charts or tools.
The Digital Sextant enables fast, accurate identification of position with longitude and latitude readings (no training is required), minimising the opportunity for operator error and providing and recording the location within seconds. Once readings have been taken, the position is immediately displayed. If the vessel is moving, the heading and speed can be entered. With no manual calculations required, the attendant risk of errors is removed.
The Digital Sextant provides the ultimate backup, in the event of failure or ‘adjustment’ of the GPS system. Whilst it is electronic, it is stand-alone and not reliant on any other external sources or systems.
The new Digital Sextant has been developed as an alternative to traditional manual sextants, providing a simple alternative which uses the latest computerised technology to eliminate the need for complex calculations and additional equipment. The embedded design incorporates a built-in chronometer, with access to the astronomical details of 67 celestial bodies (the sun, moon, stars, planets etc).
Powerful algorithms offer automatic position analysis and global position calculation with easy self-zeroing calibration. Eliminating the need for specialist training, the new Digital Sextant displays accurate positioning data within one second following sighting, compared to the more usual 20-30 minutes.
The new Digital Sextant offers significantly improved accuracy at distances less than one kilometre, with traditional sextants by comparison, typically delivering accuracy from 18.5 kilometers outwards. Error measurements in altitude have been halved from 250mm / 10 inches to just 125mm / 5 inches.
Between uses, the Digital Sextant, which is CE and FCC certified, can be stored for protection in an optional robust case that provides complete EMP shielding. As with all ScanjetPSM products, the new Digital Sextant is supported by 24-hour worldwide support through the Scanjet network.