How to Use a Brunton Compass

How to Use a Brunton CompassThe Brunton compass differs from most other compass designs only in how it prevents needle oscillation. The design uses magnetic induction damping instead of putting the needle in a capsule of fluid. Otherwise it is similar enough to a conventional compass that its operation should seem familiar to an experienced cross-country hiker.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Use the mini-level in the middle of the compass to establish a level holding position. When the bubble is lined up between the brackets, you have the compass in a reasonably level position.
Step 2
Adjust the mirror's position, if necessary, so that you can see the compass needle and markings in the reflection.
Step 3
Peer through the front and rear sight at a landmark that can be identified on your topographical map. Being able to see through the front and rear sight will keep the compass properly aligned.
Step 4
Check the bearing using the mirror to directly observe the compass readings.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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