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Buying a compass

Not a military-quality one. Not for camping, hiking, etc.

Just for knowing best directions when it comes to planting, watching for meteor showers, etc.

I assume a pocket one would be adequate, and in looking at those at Amazon, price does not seem to mean quality, Fluid filled OK? Plastic case OK? Under $20 looks promising.

Thanks.

Angeline
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For general/rough directions

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Visit goggle..mapquest...enter you address and check the orientation N/S/E/W of your location.

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Visit google map

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Not goggle Wink

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Nice thought for "free"

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..... but I wouldn't recall which way to look after I got back outside. Happy

Actually, this is for a Christmas gift. (See my Thank You below.)

As I said there, I had forgotten how useful the one my brother had was, and for so long.

Appreciate your taking the time, JP.

Angeline
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A nice little pocket one...

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For a long time, Marble has made a small, extremely rugged one. It's about $14, and you can get a good compass for $10, but this little pocket one is great. The link is to a web site that happens to sell them so you can see what it looks like, but it's an old standard and can be found elsewhere and possibly even cheaper.
Link: http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=176303&t=11082005

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That is a beautiful little compass

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Suitable for placing on a lanyard and hanging it from your neck. Very nice.

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They also make it...

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They also make it mounted on a little L-shaped bracket with a pin on the back, so you can pin it on your clothing and read it as you walk. The things are so rugged they're kid proof. It's made by the Marble Arms Company, known to a lot of people familiar with arms as the maker of the Marble Game Getter back in the 1930's.

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Very cool history behind that

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I may just have to get one !

I used to have s boy scout compass I got back in the late 1960's that was pinned to the strap on my old scout canvas rucksack. I used the ruck sack for carrying game for years after I got out of the scouts. Sadly the compass failed some years ago. The sealed glass inside the brass case got cracked, and water got inside causing the cardboard / paper insert that marked out the compass headings to warp, and push up against the needle which stopped it from spinning.

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Thanks J and Grim

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This is just what I'm looking for.

Christmas "stocking stuffer". Best price I found. The site also offers the option of USPS 1st class shipping for $3.95, less than the UPS ground. I usually avoid USPS, but there is plenty of time between now and Dec, 25th. Happy

Thanks for your help.

My brother had one when he was a Scout that we used for years and years.

I didn't even think of giving one until I bought a flashlight at Big Lots that had one at the bottom. Didn't notice that until I was putting in the batteries.

Angeline
Speakeasy Moderator

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Christmas.....5 months away

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the older I get, the shorter the months get

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I already have a

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....... stir fryer pan squirreled away I bought in May. Happy

As my grown kids have said, "If you're into giving hints for Christmas, Mom is done by August."

The truth be told, I was usually finished by Halloween.

That comes from finding stuff on sale. Our kids didn't get many "TV" toys, mostly ones available ear-round, and often on sale early in the year. Or put on "Lay-a-way".

It's almost August. Happy

Angeline
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J's nifty little compass made me think of one more place...

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You can use a watch as a compass

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years back, I bought a watch with an electronic compass

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It works fine today, and actually was useful one dark night, when a fellow who I was driving with took a wrong exit and started driving west rather than south.

A plastic case compass is fine, as is any one that does not have an iron case - for obvious reasons Grin For general use, you don't even need one with a sighting lens but only one with clearly labeled degrees on it's face.

In a pinch, a large sewing needle (like one used for sail repair) a cork, a bowl of water, and a magnet can be turned into a compass.

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/for_fun/MakeyourownCompass.pdf

If you are looking at cheap ones in a store, just make sure the needle can spin freely, but that it does not tilt from side to side so as to touch the tip of the pointer onto the see through case or the printed face of the device.

If you want to buy on line, here is a suitable compass...

http://www.thecompassstore.com/starter.html

Cheers ! Happy

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If you're into navigation...

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If you're into navigation and need one with degree markings, I like the Silva liquid-filled ones. Rugged, well made, and the liquid dampens out the swings when your taking a reading.

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(NT) The Silva's are nice

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Take your pick

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Make you're own conmpass

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Using a sewing needle and silk cloth/swatch. Rub needle several times, place on a swallow dish of water or container, needle will point magnetic north. Of course a plain compass of the likes for camping do come cheap. A very basic one will be under $10 or so found at K-mart or similar.

tada ------Willy Happy

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I heard

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Captain Jack Sparrow had one for sale, Real cheap and slightly used:)

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