- Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 2 x 1 inches ; 7.7 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00YXDWI6O
- Average Customer Review: 226 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,554 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
GWHOLE Military Lensatic Sighting Compass Waterproof for Outdoor Activities
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- High strength engineering metal body, rugged and capable of working under extreme weather condition.
- Special design of fluorescent light, you can use it and read data on it in dark environment after absorbing enough sunshine.
- High accuracy, built-in a bubble level, which can improve its accuracy and decrease its errors.
- Waterproof and shakeproof, suitable for motoring, boating, camping, mountaineering, exploring, hunting and other outdoor activities
- Package includes:1x GWHOLE lensatic compass (with pouch & lanyard), 1x User Manual; 1 year warranty from GWHOLE
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Color: army green
Product size: approx. 7*5.2*2.5cm
Product weight: approx. 175g
Thermo-elastic liquid-filled capsule with floating dial
Rotating bezel ring
Ruler units on the sides measuring inches & centimeters
Built-in bubble level
Folding thumb ring
Tripod screw hole on base
Adjustable diopter sighting lens
Sighting lines on cover
Conversion chart for angle, gradient & distance on back plate
Heavy-duty digital camouflage print cover
1 x GWHOLE Lensatic Compass (with Pouch & Lanyard)
1 x User guide in English
1.The compass are not allowed to be too close to the magnetic field, the pointer maybe disturbed, please use away from magnetic fields.
2.Luminous effect refers to the phosphor powder under natural light, fluorescent lamp, etc, can be seen after irradiation. For the longer the irradiation time, luminous indication is more durable. There is no luminous effect without light.
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The case is cast metal. Judging by weight, probably some zinc alloy to prevent rust and allow fast cheap manufacture.
All the metal case-parts are electro-statically painted, not powder coated. Unless you're going into battle, that's good enough. Of course if you ARE going into battle, then your over-funded branch of the military will supply you with a good compass, so you don't need this.
The back cover is plastic and has tiny embossed charts for distance, bearing, angles, etc. Those markings are far too small for me to see. Younger eyes in good light might make use of them. In poor lighting, the minuscule markings are practically useless.
This has a spot-level, as most sighting-compasses must, and it works well enough. You must hold the compass level to allow free movement of the compass needle for accurate readings.
The bezel operates smoothly and stays in place. The knurled edges of the bezel allow easy grip and they are recessed to prevent accidental repositioning.
The top-mounted "sight" on mine is off by 4 or 5 degrees.
The internal magnification lens is barely adequate for taking readings.
It comes as pictured with a sturdy nylon tether in matching military or "Jeep" green. The finish is not the dull non-reflective surface you'd want for a real military compass. It is slightly too glossy and "pretty." Also, there are shiny metal parts that ( in theory) could be spotted by a sniper if they reflected light... so this is not for real war or advanced war games. But then, you knew that after seeing the price, right?
I do not use this for any type of camping, so I don't care about its minor quality problems. I should also point out that the last time I used a compass for navigation was as a boy scout, and that was fifty years ago. I got that merit badge with a far poorer compass. I would have LOVED to have such a cool compass back then! So, despite my observations about this item's quality, do not overlook this as a present for your cub scout, boy scout, girl scout or camping enthusiast kids.
I do not know if it is waterproof and I won't test it either.
I got this solely for checking the magnetic polarity of guitar pickups and other magnetic things, which it does perfectly. The extra features people need for navigation are superfluous to me, but the rugged case makes this great for tossing in a tool drawer or box.
I have seen actual Mil-Spec compasses and can tell you this is NOT in that league. So if that is what you want, be prepared to look elsewhere and spend a LOT more.
If you just need a cheap decent compass for testing magnetic poles, doing science experiments or casual weekend camping, this is a bargain. It would be marginally acceptable for marine navigation on a large lake, presuming you know how to do that and don't have a modern GPS system in your boat. I wouldn't go sailing on anything as large as Lake Michigan with only this for back-up. Nowadays, you can get better nav from a cell phone. I’m certain no sane ocean-faring mariner will even look at such a compass, let alone read my review.
This is a rugged, useful, fun, educational toy, perfect for kids, science students and electric guitar builders. But, ...it is a TOY. Just remember that and you won't be disappointed.
My brother (Royal Rangers) and I (BSA) have instructed many in the use of compasses for Scouts, Orienteering and the Military. This compass has the devices to take one into Lensatic, Transit and back to basic Orienteering compasses.
Suggestions for Scout Masters: Repaint your compass a bright color. That way when your boys drop this baby in the dirt they will be able to find it. Put a thicker bright colored lanyard on it. Remind them that compasses are not made for swinging around your head or banging tent pegs into the ground...
Note: Some reviewers have have problems with quality control. Many times I have ordered 25 or more compasses for my classes from different suppliers and have mostly had to return at least 2 out of 25 from any supplier.
Also remember... Never take anything in the field you can't afford to loose...
I plan to buy an extra for my wife's car; I understand you have to be careful not to store a compass near a strong magnet, but I think having this compass is a small price to pay to not be that person lost in the woods, on an unfamiliar road, or in an urban area. Would my wife use the compass? I can assure you she became a believer as it helped us when there were scant clues about correct directions except what we got from this compass. Yes we have GPS with our smartphones and while we expect a lot of complex technology to just work, a compass is so much more likely to continue to function in spite of weather, power or internet issues, etc that can make the hi-tech solutions falter, or have high costs, just when you need them the most.