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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. Well, that is, unless you’re doing something silly like holding the compass backwards. Turn the compass cover more or less perpendicular to the base.

Plotting a bearing on a map using a round lensatic compass

We’ll start from the beginning, and go through everything you need to know to find your way over the terrain. Point of Interest An “azimuth” is pretty much the same as a “bearing.

Imagine that you want to hold it as if it were firmly mounted in that position. Open the cover completely and pull back the rear sight.

Return from Lensatic Compass to Home. Nowusing a straight edge, draw the bearing line and extend it in the desired direction. Proceed to that lenswtic. Determining a Bearing, or “Shooting an Azimuth”. When we plot the bearing on our map, our location will be where the line between our location and the cabin crosses the shoreline of the lake.


Andrew Skills lensatkc, Survival. Declinations to the west are subtracted from the degrees you are reading, and declinations to the east are added. Using your protractor or lensatlc straight edge, you draw a line from your current position in the direction of where you want to go. Like any skillit is good to practice navigating with a lensatic compass before your life depends on it.

Now, read the degree marking under the fixed black index line. Some of the components’ terms are used in the explanations below.

Note that we are using the magnetic dial in the compass. Enroll in my personalized step-by-step video-based online course. We will be orienting our map with Magnetic North. You want to find your position using the technique of partial resection, so you need to know that tower’s bearing with a high degree of accuracy. Then, you place your protractor on the map with its center point at your current position, making sure the north-south lines on the protractor line up with the north-south lines on the map.

The term ” lensatic compass ” is is used most frequently in the military, and only in reference to one specific model of compass.

Lensatic Compass Guide: What is a Lensatic Compass?

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.

If your compass does not have these notches, you ldnsatic add them. It’s so simple that most people can’t believe they didn’t realize it from the start. A lensatic compass, also called a military compass, is a more advanced and useful version of a magnetic compass. Keep doing this until you get lensatc where you want to go. The usual precautions about magnetic objects in the vicinity of the compass should be taken. Two-hand Hold of the Lensatic Compass.


You may be tempted to use the MN line on the declination diagram, but be careful. The cover protects the compass from damage and also contains a wire stretched from top to bottom.

Lensatic Compasses

Most people assume that lensatic compass is the “proper” term for all hand-held compasses, but that it not the case. Next Best Ways to Build a Campfire: Make sure you include it when you say or write a bearing.

One advantage is it’s probably more accurate when it comes to “shooting azimuths,” meaning the act of determining the specific compass direction to a spot on the earth. Watch this video on YouTube Choosing Landmarks The landmark you choose can be anything visibly noteworthy. If you don’t, visit the page just hyperlinked.

Though such a simple device has been around for about a thousand years, compasses have not lost their utility.