Topic: Using a Compass
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A good compass, one that can be used for pinpointing your location on a map, will have a sight (blue arrow) and sighting cross hairs (red arrow) like the one shown at the top left. They can be purchased at any good hiking, camping, or army surplus store.

Readings of headings are taken with a compass by looking through the eyepiece (see bottom photograph). The target (perhaps a prominent mountain top) is sighted (red arrow) and then the heading is read at the same time on the compass dial (blue arrow).

Learning to use a compass to find your way or learning to use one with a map (there is actually a sport called "Orienteering") is both fun and valuable. This is a good topic to teach your children If you have a good topographic map of the area where you are located and a compass, you will be able to find your way.

We will not give you a complete map reading or compass use course here because there are so many good web sites that have the detail you need. Use the web Web button to visit some of those sites. There are even web links to information about how to find your way if you do not have compass.
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