At first glance, the lensatic compass can seem a bit daunting. Covered in various markings and with multiple moving parts, it looks as though it. Learn how to use the lensatic compass used by the US Military. I have half a dozen navigation apps on my phone, so I rarely get lost! But phones have several major weaknesses: battery life and signal reception. Both of those.

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It may take a while to get it, and you should practice in a safe location before relying on one, but few devices are more able to help you navigate your way to safety. A truck, your radio, or even the barrel of your hunting air gun can push the needle away from north. Though such a simple device has been around for about a thousand years, compasses have not lost their utility.

Making sure you don’t move to change directions, turn the glass compass housing until the short luminous line is directly lined up with the luminous magnetic arrow. The reason you want to set up the compass rather than just keep your eyes on the landmark is because your vision may become obscured.

For this task, the lensatic compass really shines. In your case, however, your declination is degrees West, meaning you’ll have to add degrees before you set your compass. The older the map, the more likely the declination shown in the diagram is no longer correct. Mark the position of the notches to be with a pencil.


Lensatic Compasses

The term ” lensatic compass ” is is used most frequently in the military, and only in reference to one specific model of compass. Nowusing a straight edge, draw the bearing line and extend it in the desired lenzatic. Looking at the photo below, let’s say you’re at the north end of Sheeler Lake, where the penciled X is.

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For more information on forward and back bearings, see our tutorial on forward and back bearings. Using lsnsatic protractor aligned with either True or Grid North depending on what the magnetic declination you are given is referenced tomake a mark on the map at the desired value. Lensayic your protractor or other straight edge, you draw a line from your current position in the direction of where you want to go.

A lensatic compass is one with a magnifying lens on the sight. Turn your entire body as a unit until your predetermined azimuth falls under the fixed black index line.

So from now on, when you hear the term lensatic compassthink lens, think accuracy, think ruggedness, and think sighting. Some of these compasses have a notch at each end of the housing along this line. Next Best Ways to Build a Campfire: Determining a Bearing, or “Shooting an Azimuth”.

Just use the tape to mark the angle you need to point the needle in order to be pointing at true north. Enroll in my personalized step-by-step video-based online course.


Plotting a bearing on a map using a round lensatic compass

Make sure you lendatic it when you say or write a bearing. Many wooden tables also have bolts, nails, screws, and other metal components.

You can use this lensati to set your compass in the dark. Get your own customized topographical maps, built according to your specifications. Hold your compass in the two-hand hold, steady and level in front of you.

How to Use a Lensatic Military Compass – Navigate Safely in the Wild

The cover protects the compass from damage and also contains a wire stretched from top to bottom. Watch this video on YouTube There are different ways of holding the compass. While speed is important in many tactical situations, a lensatic compass is not necessarily designed for speed.

I guess the military needs the extra accuracy now and then say, for example, to precisely place artillery fire. Andrew SkillsSurvival. Start by putting your thumb through the thumb loop and putting your index finger alongside the compass, similar lensativ the cheek method.

It has its advantages and disadvantages over the orienteering compass.