How To: Use a compass with no problems

Use a compass with no problems

David Wilcox and Caitlyn Szyska demonstrate how to use a compass without a problem. Parts of a compass include the ring, the orienteering arrow, magnetic needle, direction of travel arrow and declination scale. First, hold the compass out in front of you, making sure you hold it level. Move your whole body and point the direction of travel arrow to the object that you want to reach. Move the ring until the magnetic needle is lined up with the orienteering arrow pointing north. Once they are lined up, look at the direction of the travel arrow to determine the course determined by the ring. This gives you the bearing of the object. Use the declination scale and the degrees on the ring to navigate to a specific location using a bearing.

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