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Suunto KB-14 Handbearing Precision Compass with Declination Adjustment

by Suunto

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  • Accuracy is 1/3°, graduation 1/2° and the compass weighs only 115 g.
  • Flat, compact housing with no protruding or adjustable parts
  • Durable aluminum housing - protects against water, impact, corrosion
  • Dampening liquid does not freeze or evaporate
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island
  • NOTE: This item CANNOT be returned
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Product Description

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The KB-14 hand-bearing compass is an excellent tool for foresters, surveyors and geologists and many others. Suunto bearing compasses are designed to combine extreme accuracy with ease and speed of operation. With a built-in, maintenance-free light source the compasses can be used even in total darkness.

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An excellent tool for foresters, surveyors, geologists, and many other professionals, the Suunto KB-14 handbearing compass combines extreme accuracy with an easy-to-use, quick-working design. The compass offers such features as a reading accuracy of 1/3 of a degree, 1/2-degree graduation, a 0-to-360-degree reverse scale, an adjustable declination scale for increased accuracy in areas with magnetic variation, and a built-in, maintenance-free light source that helps the compass function in total darkness. In addition, the compass's flat, compact aluminum housing has no protruding or adjustable parts, so you needn't worry about damaging the compass during transport. It's even water- and corrosion-resistant, making it a great choice for jobs in wet climates.

The KB-14's card--which pivots on a polished sapphire tip--is immersed in a special dampening fluid that provides vibration-free, smooth movement. In addition, the liquid remains clear and its viscosity low under all conditions. Additional features include a permanent anti-static treatment, a horizontally restricted lens aperture that automatically centers the eye on the optical axis (thus eliminating parallax), a cotangent table on the rear for easy reference, and a threaded camera tripod adapter for steady and precise measurements. Finally, the KB-14, which measures 2 by 3 by 0.6 inches (W x H x D) and weighs a mere 4.05 ounces, comes with an imitation leather storage case that's both saltwater- and UV-resistant.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000FEXZIU
  • Item model number: SS002064011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,319 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kodiakj on May 17, 2011
Color Name: Without
I received this as a Christmas present and I was extremely happy! The construction is top-notch and for trekking around the woods hunting and fishing this is the best compass I have ever owned --- I am military so I know my way around a lensatic compass and have had various hiking compasses - to include Suunto Suunto MC-2G Global Compass - and while this is a compass it is very reliable inthe field. Using the eye piece is simple and shooting an azimuth is a breeze. While some may comment that it is a bit pricey for a compass, I argue that you cannot put a price on reliability, precision, and construct when you are in the wilderness. A must for an outdoorsman of any pedigree.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By heysurveyor on February 23, 2012
This compass failed me. Luckily our small group each had a compass and after a lengthly comparison it was determined that MY SUUNTO was in error by over 30 degrees. Same thing happened to my brother's Suunto (both a KB-14)a year or so later. He had Suunto repair it at the cost of around 90 percent of a new one. The conpany representative said the vernier is glued on the compass plate and sometimes the glue fails and the vernier slips.They should have been happy to replace it for free AND fix the faulty design. So, if you are in the bush with this compass, better take 2 more to keep from getting lost.
PS... I never had mine repaired and yes it is still over 30 degrees off.
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Color Name: With Optional Adjust Verified Purchase
The weakest part of the product is the Suunto documentation. "Sparse" is the most charitable description I can give it. Took a little bit to figure out that the "target" is not viewed through the compass, but above it. There is also no description of whether the viewing slit should be horizontal or vertical. Maybe it's just personal preference. Or maybe not. None of the illustrations show the slit, they all show a circular field of view.

I had given up on the declination adjustment when I found that range was +/- 13 degrees, and in my region it is currently -15.8.

I was in the middle of writing this review before figuring out that the adjustment instructions are phenomenally awful, and that -15.8 is "really" -7.9 the way the sighting mechanism works. I think. Maybe. The text and diagrams leave a lot to be desired.
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