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Quinc
01-30-2013, 5:11 PM
I need to order some water filters from amazon and figured I would pick up another compass. What say you? :oji:

Sehoner
02-01-2013, 1:13 PM
The Silva compass is decent. Its the model just below the Ranger. It is NOT a lensatic.

15 bucks wont get you much in the way of reliability as far as lensatic compasses are concerned. They are helpful as nav aids, but not necessary.

wpage
02-01-2013, 2:03 PM
Silva is decent...

Search compass at the site.

Quinc
02-01-2013, 2:26 PM
The Silva compass is decent. Its the model just below the Ranger. It is NOT a lensatic.

15 bucks wont get you much in the way of reliability as far as lensatic compasses are concerned. They are helpful as nav aids, but not necessary.

I am just looking for something I can triangulate with etc. Doesn't need to be anything to fancy.

SVRider
02-02-2013, 10:13 AM
As an energency backup compass, I was surprised just how well this works.

1/4" x 1/4" cylindrical, axially magnetized. Lee Valley no longer sells them:

http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?cat=1,42363,42356&p=55733

but you can buy them online for under $1/ea.

I bought some N48 magnets here:
http://www.amazon.com/Neodymium-Magnets-inch-Cylinder-N48/dp/B001KV9RAW/ref=pd_sim_k_12

You need a really powerful magnet like this for it to work, but I'll be darned...if you set it on a flat table or float it on a leaf outdoors, it will line up N-S. if you can flatten out your palm enough, it will even spin around in your hand!

I doubted it would work until I tried it, but it ended up a great, small, light backup emergency compass.

ElvenSoul
02-02-2013, 5:42 PM
I have done very well with my Wrist Compass

http://www.sunnysports.com/Prod/SUNM9.html

sdkevin
02-02-2013, 11:22 PM
.. magnetize a sewing needle and float it on water..

Remember the basics.

Saym14
02-02-2013, 11:47 PM
a watch will work too