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COMPASSES

A compass is a device for finding direction. There is a great variety of types which are related to use such as in large ships, aircraft, and sometimes to determine true north as opposed to magnetic north. (Magnetic North is the north pole of earth’s magnetic field, while True North is the geographic north pole.) All our compasses are calibrated for use in the Southern Hemisphere and carry the prefix MS for Magnetic South. The most popular type of compasses, all of which are featured below, is the magnetic compass. It shows magnetic north by using a magnetised pointer set in a fluid which dampens its movement so that it can be read easily. Before you buy a compass, you need to be clear about what you want to use it for, and therefore what the features are that it should have.

• We reccomend the following compasses for the following purposes.


•Occasional, to check where north is, for example, to position something such as a tent. In other words, pinpoint accuracy is not    essential and safety is not  critical we  reccomend the following.  Atka AC80   Atka AC70  Atka AC50


•Hiking, where both a compass and map are needed. Atka AC50  Silva Field  Silva Expedition


•Off road driving, again where both a compass and a map are needed. Silva Expedition  Silva Ranger   Silva Ranger S 


•Orienteering, where accuracy is critical, and ease of reading in conjunction with a map is vital to save time. Orienteering compasses commonly incorporate a    prismatic function – see below. Silva Ranger S  Silva Professional Expedition  Silva Expedition 54   


Some common types:      

•Baseplate compasses – set on a transparent rectangle of plastic which magnifies for reading a map.

•Prismatic compasses – used for establishing way-points. The prism lets the user read the compass bearings while maintaining  their view of a distant object. The prism is commonly replaced now with a combination sight and mirror, as in orienteering  compasses.

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  • quick view Atka AC60 Baseplate Compass

    Atka AC60 Baseplate Compass

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price: $19.95

  • quick view Atka AC40 Compact Baseplate Compass

    Atka AC40 Compact Baseplate Compass

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price: $19.95

  • quick view ATKA AC70 Baseline Compass

    ATKA AC70 Baseline Compass

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price: $19.95

  • quick view Atka AC50 Orienteering Baseplate Compass

    Atka AC50 Orienteering Baseplate Compass

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price: $19.95

  • quick view Atka AC30 Orienteering Compass

    Atka AC30 Orienteering Compass

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price: $19.95

  • quick view Atka AC80 Baseplate Compass

    Atka AC80 Baseplate Compass

    Regular Price: $27.95

    Special Price: $19.95

  • quick view Atka AC90 Baseline Folding Compass

    Atka AC90 Baseline Folding Compass

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price: $24.95

  • quick view Atka AC10 Professional Folding Compass

    Atka AC10 Professional Folding Compass

    Regular Price: $49.95

    Special Price: $29.95

  • quick view Atka AC20 Professional Folding Compass

    Atka AC20 Professional Folding Compass

    Regular Price: $39.95

    Special Price: $29.95

  • quick view Silva Field Compass

    Silva Field Compass

    Regular Price: $59.95

    Special Price: $44.95

  • quick view Silva  Field Hiking Compass 1-2-3

    Silva Field Hiking Compass 1-2-3

    Regular Price: $69.95

    Special Price: $49.95

  • quick view Silva Ranger NATO Compass 3/6400

    Silva Ranger NATO Compass 3/6400

    Regular Price: $89.95

    Special Price: $69.95

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    Silva Ranger SL Compass

    Silva Ranger SL Compass

    Regular Price: $89.95

    Special Price: $69.95

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    Silva Ranger S Compass

    Silva Ranger S Compass

    Regular Price: $98.95

    Special Price: $89.95

  • quick view Silva Expedition Compass

    Silva Expedition Compass

    Regular Price: $139.95

    Special Price: $109.95

  • quick view Silva Expedition S Compass

    Silva Expedition S Compass

    Regular Price: $189.95

    Special Price: $159.95

  • quick view Silva Expedition 54 Compass

    Silva Expedition 54 Compass

    Regular Price: $279.95

    Special Price: $239.95

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