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11-03-2002, 08:08 PM
I was just wondering what kind compass do you use and what did it cost you? I have been thinking of picking one up wanted to know what ya'll have.
11-03-2002, 08:51 PM
i use the Brunton 8096 GPS Eclipse and i really like it for use with Topo maps as it makes it very easy to plot your location from your GPS coordinates on the map with the UTM roamer scales that are on the compass base
the compass runs about $35
you can view the item here from Brunton (http://www.brunton.com/catalog.php?item_id=186&subcategory_id=9&category_id=4&old_item_id=186&old_subcategory_id=9&old_category_id=4)
Good Luck on your Ventures !
11-09-2002, 04:22 PM
So Gun Docc, How does it feel to apparently be the only Jesses member to carry a compass?
11-09-2002, 06:40 PM
thats not an accurate statement Shaman. i use one when i go to the chequamagan nat forest, im just to goshdarn senile to remember the manufacturer. lol
I use the one my dad used in Veitnam,works great for the age.
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11-19-2002, 06:49 AM
What's a compass?
11-19-2002, 06:59 AM
I always carry a compass. I just can't remember ever using it.
11-26-2002, 11:35 AM
Not carry a compass? Hey, you can't walk a mile in any direction on our lease without hitting a dirt road -- and I always carry one. Not because I'd get lost and embarrased, but because it makes me so much more efficient. SE Virginia's got all the terrain features of a pool table, and we're in replanted pines. Mix in a cloudy day and I know I could waste an hour or so getting from point A to point B. Wish I had a dollar for each time I checked it out and found myself going 45 to 90 degrees off what I wanted. What kind, what cost? An old lensatic I've used for years. If there ever was a piece of gear where the basic function was not related to dollars spent, this is it.
01-03-2003, 12:15 AM
I use a US Military issue lensatic compass with tritium illumination. I like this compass because Uncle Sam taught me how to use it really well, and it always gets the job done. It's almost impossible to damage as well.
They run about 80 bucks or so. Mine was kinda free.... But the price I hadta pay - geez.
03-27-2003, 06:44 AM
Over the years I've gone through about 4 of the $15 compasses - Absolute Junk!
Finally, a few years back I went out and bought a Military Issue Compass. It hasn't failed my yet and is just about indestructible. It cost me about $80 and is well worth the money.
03-27-2003, 07:22 AM
When I was a little younger, I earned the orienteering merit badge with a topo map and a basic Silva compass. Through years of camping hiking, backpacking and outdoors work, I am as confident with that little compass and a map as I am with any GPS.
Compasses (Compasi? http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-biggrin-aqua.gif ) have been around a long time, and their basic function has remained the same. If you do get a compass, I recommend getting a good orinteering book to go with it. It's just a tool, and unless you are proficient in it's use, it doesn't hold much value.
03-27-2003, 08:56 AM
I use a Silva Ranger. Make sure to buy one that has a "Declination Setting", as magnetic north moves around, if you wanna be accurate.
Cross eyed bear
03-28-2003, 07:53 AM
Both of my compasses were given to me, one is in retirement, its a world war one compass my Fathers uncle had when he was overseas, its made by Plan Ltd. from Switzerland, it weighs about a pound because its made of brass and it still works great. My new one is only 33 years old, made by Taylor instrument Co. from Ashville, NC. This one still works great also. Bought a gps a few years ago and had a hard time getting use to it so I went back to my compass.
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