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How To Use A Compass

October 15th, 2010

Brass Gimbal Compasses

In today’s world of GPS systems many people forget just how important a compass can be in a jam. For instance, if you are lost in the woods, your GPS could easily lose signal or simply die on you, leaving you without a clue in the world. The compass, on the other hand, will never die on you. This is because compasses are designed to follow magnetic north, and use the Earth’s magnetic field as its main source of power. As long as the Earth continues to put out a magnetic resonance, no matter how weak, then your brass compass (or any other kind of compass) will continue to work.

Using a compass is easier than you would think. It may seem difficult by all of the markings and numbers that litter the face of the compass, but its not too bad. The compass we will discuss will be the mountaineering compass, also known as the orienteering compass. To start, you should note that the red arrow of the compass is nearly always the arrow that points due north. The opposite arrow will either be black or white, depending on the compass. In order to gauge this fully, stand in the direction of the sun around noon. Your compass should point toward you, and not toward the sun. This is because the sun is in the general direction of the south around 12PM. Note that if you are south of the equator then your readings will be opposite.

Your compass will have the markings N, E, S, W for North, East, South, and West. In between each of these directions will be numbers that go to 360. These numbers represent the degrees of a complete circle. The lines that run through the face of the compass are called orientating lines, while the red lined arrow is called the orientating arrow. Outside of the compass you will find the direction of travel arrow. This is where your red needle should be pointing to in order to travel in the right direction.

Once you have that down, reading a compass will be easy. The first thing you must do is to hold your hands as steady as possible, with the compass close to your belly and the red needle pointing directly in front of you. You will see that the red needle is pointing toward N. Slowly rotate your entire body until the red needle is pointing to the E symbol. Now you’re going east, right? Wrong! Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because you moved your body and the needle appears to be pointing east that it is. Remember, the red needle will always point north! The way that you get it to point to your intended direction is simple, however. Once you have the needle facing the E, begin rotating the compass housing (sometimes called the bearing) until the red needle is again pointing at the N and is in the orientating arrow. This will line up west with the direction of travel arrow, and you now know how to change directions and use a compass.

Try out a stylish pocket compass for a convenient way to take this navigational tool with you anywhere you go!

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Types Of Pocket Compasses

October 4th, 2010

Pocket Compass

There are several different types of pocket compasses. Pocket compasses have been around for ages, and even with the introduction of modern location technology such as GPS, pocket compasses will continue to remain relevant. This is can be attributed to their reliability, while modern technology tends to rely on electronic sources and signals that die and fade. Proving them to not very convenie

nt when you are lost and in a pinch. The different types of pocket compasses will help you to find your bearing, and/or locate an exact location on a map.

The first kind of pocket compass is the closed face compass. This is exactly as the name implies, as the compass has a hinge that enables it to be closed to protect its delicate inner workings. Some closed faced compasses have no hinge, but a lid that can be taken completely off. If you run across a compass like this then there is a good chance it is a WWII model compass.

Similar is the open face compass. This compass is again just like the name indicates. It is wide open and has no lid for it. A convenient compass for quickly glancing at.

A compass that includes a prism is called a prismatic compass. It is contained in a protective case that allows travellers to read the scale for bearing. The prism is usually located at the rear of the compass. Typically, the prismatic compass is a trademark of the UK military.

Then lensatic compass is mounted with at least one lens. The lenses are important to reading the scale of this pocket compass. Lensatic compasses have been around since 1910, and are commonly used by the US military.

The transit compass is a pocket compass that includes a front and rear transit sight. The transit compass may contain a rear sight that is a single prism, similar to the prismatic compass; and like the lensatic compass the transit compass includes a front sight as well. This can relate the prismatic and lensatic compasses as sub categories of transit compasses.

The base plate compass is one of the most simplistically designed compasses. It’s base is completely see through. This enables the base plate compass to be a very good compass to use with maps, as you can place it on the map and still see the locations and directions of the map.

These are a few of the different types of pocket compasses. You will find that the variations work well in certain conditions more so than others do. When hiking it is important to carry an accessory compass, which is a compass housed in hiking equipment i.e. a hunting knife. Compasses that include mirrors, magnifiers, or clinometers are very good for use with a map. The mirror is great for accuracy of readings on distant landmarks; the magnifier helps to closely examine map points; while the clinometer measures inclination accurately. This type of compass is excellent when in the woods with a map, or even without one.

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Brass Compass

August 1st, 2010
Captain's Brass Pocket Compass 3"

Captain's Brass Pocket Compass 3"

The brass compass is one of the many nautical decor items offered at handcraftedmodelships.com. Just like the other nautical decor products, the brass compass has a long history as a maritime tool. Even in this day and age the brass compass’s historically significant background remains relevant. Its dimensions are one and three quarter inches in length, two inches in width, and one inch in height. The total weight of this brass compass is a solid half a pound. This weight gives the brass compass an authentic feel that cannot be duplicated by cheap imitations. While appearing antique, the brass compass is a brand new piece that exudes quality and style. The antique finish of the brass compass allows for a fingerprint free shine time and time again. Custom engraving is also available on this product. Our brass compasses are not only of high quality, but are also available for lower than normal retail prices!

History

The history behind the brass compass originated in China during the Qin dynasty in 221-226 B.C. During this time, the magnetic properties that came to be used in compasses, called lodestones, were used by fortune tellers. However, the first time the technology for the compass was recorded to be used for navigation purposes was between 1405 and1433, when it was realized that lodestones made for more precise directional aids.

Importance

The historical significance of the brass compass is due to its groundbreaking technology at the time that enabled more precise navigation of the vast, uncharted ocean territories. The invention of this critical navigational aid is an important chapter in the history of exploration, and the significance of the compass is still vital to the explorer today.

Authentic Replicas

The compasses offered here are authentic replicas that cannot be found elsewhere. Each brass compass is engineered to be precise, and is a completely usable for navigational purposes. The authenticity of the compass can be felt by the its hefty weight, which cannot be copied by mere imitations. Authenticity is what sets our brass compasses apart from other retailer’s products.

Quality

The solid brass compasses are made with a polished brass finish that creates a fingerprint free shine all the time. The cardinal points of the brass engineers compass in particular are easy viewable at night. The bezel of this compass is completely rotatable and is made from glass. Furthermore, many of our brass compasses come with a handmade leather case in order to keep your compass protected in luxury. You can even choose to have your authentic brass compass customized with an engraving of your choice.

These authentic and quality nautical decor items, such as the brass compass, can be found only here at handcraftedmodelships.com. Not only will you be getting nautical decor of a much higher quality than anywhere else, but you will also be paying a lower rate than what standard retail charges!

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