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Military Prismatic Sighting Compass w/ Pouch

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  • Lensatic Compass How to shoot an azimuth for fun and profit: Get the ultimate direction finder, a lensatic compass.
  • It has a 2-1/8-Inch dia face marked in 5-degree increments, a 1/4-Inch dia sight lens
  • Measures 3-1/4-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch x 1-1/8-Inch when folded and comes with an 18-Inch long cord and an olive drab belt pouch.
  • Comes with Water Resistant Nylon Pouch
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Pattern Name: Compass
Technical Details
Part Number CC4580
Item Weight6.4 ounces
Product Dimensions3 x 2 x 5 inches
OriginImported (China)
Item model numberCC4580
ColorGreen
MaterialMetal
PatternCompass
Item Package Quantity1
Number Of Pieces1
Batteries Required?No
  
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ASINB001ID4ZY0
Best Sellers Rank #162 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMay 24, 2008
  
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Lensatic Compass How to shoot an azimuth for fun and profit: Get the ultimate direction finder, a lensatic compass. It has a 2-1/8-Inch dia face marked in 5-degree increments, a 1/4-Inch dia sight lens, 9/16-Inch dia bubble level, and a 1-1/2-Inch sight with crosshairs. Measures 3-1/4-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch x 1-1/8-Inch when folded and comes with an 18-Inch long cord and an olive drab belt pouch.

Product Description

Lensatic Compass How to shoot an azimuth for fun and profit: Get the ultimate direction finder, a lensatic compass. It has a 2-1/8-Inch dia face marked in 5-degree increments, a 1/4-Inch dia sight lens, 9/16-Inch dia bubble level, and a 1-1/2-Inch sight with crosshairs. Measures 3-1/4-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch x 1-1/8-Inch when folded and comes with an 18-Inch long cord and an olive drab belt pouch.

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The case is good, the compass is well built and very easy to use.
C Wags
Perhaps the radio would work, so you could sit in your driveway and listen to the radio.
Wilhelm
Is it a great compass for taking bearings on a family camping trip?
Ron P. Wilson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

412 of 427 people found the following review helpful By Ron P. Wilson on March 29, 2010
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This is a Chinese copy of the K&R brand (German) series "Meridian" compass that sells for $150.

No, this compass does not have the precision German machine detailing of the $150 K&R model. For example, on the K&R compass the bezel (the part you turn) is machined, but on this compass it is cast metal. But the build quality of this $14 compass is surprisingly good - as in, way better than I expected.

If you are looking for a direct sighting compass with 1 degree (or better) accuracy, that is quick to use and virtually foolproof, this is the bargain of the decade.

It does NOT have declination compensation, but then neither does the K&R model for $150.
As the other reviewer noted, the luminance is poor. But the reality is that if it is so dark that you need luminance, then it is also too dark to use a sighting compass anyway - so what's the point?

Is it accurate? - absolutely. Durable? - yes. Would I bank my life on it as my only compass out in the wilderness? - not a chance. Is it a great compass for taking bearings on a family camping trip? - Perfect.

For the price, this is an astounding compass.
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586 of 628 people found the following review helpful By Wilhelm on January 14, 2011
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As mentioned in previous reviews, this is a copy of a German compass. It's sort of neat for 10 dollars, but, and this is the key thing to remember- It's not a good compass, it's a copy of a good compass.

Reading earlier reviews, it's clear that this product has gone through several iterations, paint colors, etc. It seems that the product has been modified over time to make it more appealing to the consumer, as many products are. There is nothing wrong with a product evolving and becoming better. The compass shipped to me has a "thumb ring" or lanyard ring mounted near the hinge, which accomplishes four things:

1. It can be used as a thumb ring, if you have very very small thumbs.
2. You can attach a lanyard to it, to tether the compass to its case or yourself.
3. It prevents the compass from opening fully
4. It prevents the compass from sitting level on a flat surface, for instance a map.

I chose the example of the thumb/lanyard loop/ring because it illustrates the central theme of this product; copies of good things are not always good copies. Or to put it bluntly, folks who know jack about compasses have no business building compasses. Adding features that prevent the compass from being used for its primary purpose are not improvements, they're un-improvements. A compass that won't sit flat on a map is not useful for navigation. You can shoot a bearing, you can follow a heading, but if you can't communicate that data to the map, you're not navigating, you're guessing. You could cut the stupid thumb ring off,like I did.

A few more points leading up to my thesis-

A. This is not a prismatic compass, as it lacks a prism.
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93 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Able Devildog on April 3, 2012
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I teach map reading and orienteering. I really did not buy this compass for actual use. It is a piece of crap. I bought it to show students what happens when you buy cheap compasses. It does have one nice feature and that is that you can read the compass dial though the peep hole while aiming at an object. But you cannot lock the dial. There is no way to adjust for declination. Worst of all, the instructions are not only unreadable without a magnifying glass, they provide no useful information. They don't even identify all the parts on the compass. There is a scale on the lens but what it is for or how to use it are not explained. There is a scale on the back but it is unreadable. And the reference to the Army Study Guide is useless. Not only is the path to the instructions wrong, when you get there, there is no information about setting declination. WORST OF ALL, it is TOTALLY INACCURATE.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By aebaloghjr on August 20, 2012
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First of all, this is an inexpensive version (made in China) of the German K&R Meridain Sighting Compass (similair to the MK 9657), which sells for quite a bit more ($150). I bought this compass for $8.50 and it is the same compass which is being sold for around $28 to $40 on other sights.

Observations:

1) The box and the advertisement state "Military Prismatic Sighting Compass". This compass is not a prismatic compass as there is no prism which folds over the compass card to allow for viewing the compass card and target object simultaneously. It does have a "magnified" adjustable peep hole to accurately view the compass edge dial. Therefore, this is a "LENSATIC COMPASS". That being said, this is a very durable, accurate compass. Mine is dead nuts accurate to true north and, viewing the compass card thru the peephole lens with carefull reading, it is very accurate and usable.

2)The build quality is quite durable and acceptable. The outer dial does glow in the dark illuminating both the compass card and the lensatic sighting. However, it should be noted that this is built to be a $30 compass. Don't expect this to be of the same build quality as a higher priced military/hiking compass.

Conclusion:
If a calibrated, high precision well made compass is required for the serious hiker or adventurer - go for the German K&R Meridian ($150) or the US Military Commenga Compass for around $60. Both of these are proven professional compasses used in the harshest of environments.

If an average, or in this case, a little bit better than average compass is needed for general hiking and camping - for $8.50 (and even at $30) this is an excellent alternative. This is a darned good deal and alot of compass for the money - way better than many of the plastic compasses out there and a great deal more accurate. I'm giving it 5 stars for the value. Highly recommended!
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