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- Classic military style compass with black powder-coated aluminum case
- Sighting-slit unit/top cover; sighting arm to magnify dial reading
- Liquid-filled compass with 2-degree increments
- Luminous points on rotating bezel
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Classic design traditionally used by military forces for its precisely accurate bearings in land navigation and directing artillery coordinates. Heavy-duty, powder-coated aluminum housing. Liquid-filled compass with 2? increments, sighting-slit unit/top cover, quality lens in sighting arm to magnify dial reading
Traditionally used by the military due to its highly accurate bearings in land navigation, the Silva Lensatic 360 compass offers a classic design that will stand up to your most rigorous hikes or orienteering outings. It's protected in a black powder-coated aluminum housing. The liquid-filled compass features 2-degree increments, sighting-slit unit/top cover, and a quality lens in sighting arm to magnify dial reading. Luminous points on rotating bezel aid readings under low light conditions. It measures 3.1 by 2.1 by 1 inches and weighs 3 ounces.
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This compass is a standout product I bought this year because it is priced very cheaply and yet performs so very well. It is very accurate, i.e. within a 1/2 degree compared to my other very expensive compasses. My other expensive compasses are K&R Meridian Pro Luminous, Francis Barker M88. This $22 Silva agrees with them all. The compass card does not wobble and settles down to the final reading very quickly (within a couple seconds) due to the dampening fluid. It's easy to sight. It's easy to read. It's light weight and built robustly.
Whereas the Chinese-made Brunton military style lensatic compass is basically junk because it is very inaccurate, this made-in-Taiwan Silva military style lensatic compass is very well made. Also don't waste your money and time with the cheaply made Chinese copies of the K&R Meridian compass you see on Amazon. I bought a $10 Chinese copy of the K&R and can tell you it's a piece of garbage.
There are two minor negatives with this compass.
The first negative is that the lubber line etched on the glass is FAR too thick. Its thickness equals a whopping 2 degrees of arc. This makes reading down to 1 degree somewhat challenging and reading down to 1/2 degree downright impossible. If the line had been thin and dark, it would be easy to take a reading down to 1/2-degree precision by eyeballing between the 2-degree marks.
The second negative is that the notches on the bezel ring do not line up with the lubber line. The notches are every two degrees. I have to rotate the ring to set it between two notches for the lubber line to line up with the sighting line. Since the ring is now in an unstable position between two notches it is very easy to knock the ring off back to a nearby notch and cause the reading to be off by 1 degree. This is a sample defect from sloppy assembly rather than a design defect.
Overall, despite the two negatives I pointed out, I am still very happy that I stumbled onto this very accurate and very well made Silva military style lensatic compass at such an affordable price.
To use this compass:
1) open the top cover 180 degrees, so that it lies "flat" relative to the case
2) open the magnifier arm to the limit of its motion
3) now hold the case with the fingers of both hands, arranged symmetrically, making sure the case is level and that the slit in the magnifier arm lines up with the slit in the top cover. Sighting through the compass with the degree scale visible through the magnifier is now like looking through the sights of a gun at your exact bearing. VERY precise.
4) to sweep across bearings, rotate your upper body
I emailed the company and they emailed back two sets of instructions which were general in nature and completely non-specific to this particular compass.
The Silva 360 compass has TWO light green INDEX LINES separated by 55 deg. on the bezel. I searched the Internet and couldn't find any mention of ANY compass with a bezel having TWO INDEX LINES, let alone an explanation for how to use them.
Amazon member William C. Benedict saved the day by providing a link to good instructions in the "Questions" section on this compass.
It's all the info you'll need to use this compass. These instructions are brief and well written. They even have an example, with an illustration, of a compass with TWO INDEX LINES on the bezel and how to use them.
If it weren't for the link provided by Mr. Benedict I would have returned this compass for a refund.
The Silva 360 compass itself is a 5 star product when you know how to use it.