What's the top 5 compass ?

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  1. feellnfroggy

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    Crap I forgot all about it! Coming up shortly. Brb
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    Edit time. Title is simpler than I thought.

    "Mapping trophy bucks" lol
     
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  2. Bassic

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    Great

    Thank you
     
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    I would recommend a simple baseplate from Sunto, Silva or Brunton and the book Be Expert With Map & Compass, Third Edition.
     
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    Go to a store with a good assortment of compasses. Get the most expensive and the cheapest and see if they point in the same direction. You'll notice there's very little difference between the direction they both point to.

    Any added expense outside of the dial part comes from added features like sight line, mirror, protective cage, high-vis marking, size, etc.
     
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    Durability, water resistance, type (fluid or free float)
     
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    I also have both of these and use them often. I find that I use the Silva for rough compass work (quick general bearings) but I like the Cammenga lensatic when I need to shoot a more accurate azimuth over a longer distance.
     
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    Make sure you find out what your pace count is. It is not the same for everyone. 16 steps for you may not be the same distance as 16 steps for me. Not a big issue for short distances ,but over the course of a thousand meters it could mean a lot.

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    Completely understand thank you for pointing that out also I was thinking it will change if you going up hill or downhill
     
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    get a copy (it is approved for public domain) of field manual

    FM 3-25.26

    Covers maps and map reading / usage.

    Not sure if you can get them but anything like forward observer manuals cover calling in arty and air strikes, but lots of map use to locate a location you can see on the map and identify its grid cords.

    Then look for anything on orienteering. There are books and clubs and even university classes / meetings to play that game and lots of fun.

    Geocaching similar but most folk depend upon those new fangled GPS thingies.

    I have siva and engineer compases, but the basic GI lensatic compass is still best IMHO. The clear ones are nice to lay on a map and see through, and even a simple button compass on your outer wear has its uses.

    Then take it to a higher level and get topo maps and sat photos of your AO and mark location of important things like hunting sites, fishing sites, edible / medicinal plants. Other interesting flora and fauna, and property / etc that may be valuable and places where you might want to use as rally points / etc.

    When hunting being able to say to friends well we will be hunting here, but lets all meet up here (Cords) at end of the day / lunch / etc.

    mastering maps is useful esp. if in areas you are not perfectly familiar with.

    I can just say to my hunting buddies / family: meet me by the old RR bridge near so and so's swamp and they know the area, but I could give map cords to a stranger who read maps and had map / compass and they could find their way there, and knowing topo maps could even plan a decent route to avoid obstacles.
     
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    I've had good luch wolith Sunto or Brunton.
     
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    These are some of the very best vids on map and compass.

    Andrew Skurka has a new series on map and compass. One of them shows the advantage of a global needle. Good vids by a bona fide expert.



    Off the Map knives actually has some of the best vids as well:

     
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    I have more compasses than I know what to do with; but of these, I will really only recommend three:
    o M1950 Lensatic
    o Konustar Geologist or equivalent (they're EVERYWHERE on Amazon now)
    o K&R Dakar Touring

    I'm a fan of lensatics for basic land nav and intermediate-level mapping. For the latter, the second two compasses I listed are better - the Konustar can be mounted on a tripod/camera staff. The K&R is a lensatic and baseplate compass that, like the Konustar, can function as a halfway-decent alidade for very-small-scale plane-table mapping.

    If I could have only one compass, it'd probably be the K&R.

    gvi
     
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    I'd not heard of these. They look to be good stuff and surprisingly affordable. Thanks for mentioning them.
     
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    Ranger beads first time making it !

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