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How does a compass always point to due north?


"Due North," by definition, is the direction towards the earth's north pole; or, visually at night, towards Polaris, the north star. Therefore, compasses generally do NOT point towards due North but, rather, point towards "magnetic north," as the other responder described, which is a variably located at some distance from True North, depending upon where the north-locating compass is situated on our planet. In most circumstances magnetic North is close enough so that people are willing to accept it as North in general terms. However, depending on your location, and upon seasonal changes caused by Earth's wobbling rotation (called precession) true North can be many degrees off from magnetic (from your compass's) North. In those cases true North must be determined using declination charts, which will tell you how many degrees to add or subtract on you compass in order to determine true North by the Magnetic North your compass is pointing to. For example, if magnetic North is 10 degrees west of true North at your compass's location (that is, your compass is actually pointing 10 degrees to the "left" of North), then you would correct by considering the +10-degree bearing point on your compass dial as True North--and, likewise, add 10 degrees to any bearing line you happen to determine using your compass. You have one other way of finding True North, which is celestially, by sighting towards the Pole star, aka Polaris, aka the North Star...that is, providing that the sky is UNcloudy and unsunny enough for the star to be visible. Of course, that only works for those located in the morthern hemisphere. Those south of the equator have a "south pole" star but it is not as accurate as Polaris in the northern hemisphere.

Jul 09, 2012 | Camping, Backpacking & Hiking

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Sat nav on jag xf. the direction arrow on sat nav always points in compass direction of travel ie if going south then arrow points down over. is it possible to have arrow always pointing up like tom tom


the touch screen on the car should allow you to change the compass setting...I cant remmeber if yours has this but see if you can touch the compass on the screen display to make the direction allow of the car be in accordance with the cars real movement or north as you wish..Keep me posted

Sep 12, 2011 | 2010 Jaguar XF

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The compass points in the opposite direction. While hunting in Ontario, I was lucky that I had a compass with me or I would still be there!


Hello,

Electronic compasses tend to be very scuwy, your may need to be calibrated if not re calibrated to get the proper bearing.


Hope this helps!

Dec 08, 2010 | Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx GPS Receiver

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When I am in heavy timber and not moving at a good pace my compass points in the opposite direction it is supposed to. What am I doing wrong? When I walk down the road it works perfectly.


The Garmin 12 GPS loses sattelite reception in heavy woods and that's why it doesn't work properly. It's not a fault and you're not doing anything wrong. All Garmin 12s are the same.

Nov 08, 2010 | Garmin GPS 12 GPS Receiver

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I have a Timex e-tide with compass, temp and tide functions. The compass no longer points north and will randomly point in any direct when activated, is there a way to re-calibrate the compass?


http://www.timex.com/info/Product_Instruction_Guides_Downloads

Use the numbers on the back of your watch and you will have a PDF version of your instruction manual.

Hope this tip helps
R/
David

Jan 13, 2010 | Timex Expedition Adventure Tech Compass...

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How do I use an orienteering compass to measure inclination?


Declanation (not inclanation) is different depending where you are located in the world. You can look up charts (magnetic lateral lines) on the net and they will tell you where your compass is pointing to, Magnetic north compared to TRUE north... Topographical maps will tell you how much to offset your compass to accomodate for declination...In degrees. I am no expert but I hope this steers you in the right direction. P.S. A compass always points to magnetic north not true north. Also I am not responsible for you getting lost ! lol

Oct 09, 2009 | Compass 337 "rothco" Orienteering

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I cant figure out the 4 statues


if your on about the ones in the Library Climb up each shelf that each point of the compass on the floor is pointing at and point the statue on the shelf in the direction the journal specifies (Angel should face North, Goat Angel should face South, Lion Angel should face West or O as the compass on the floor says and the Bird Angel should face East).

Jun 03, 2009 | Sony Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

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Compass deos not point north


do a calibration. press the menu button while on the compass screen and select calibrate.

Jun 07, 2008 | Garmin eTrex GPS Receiver

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Compass pointing in opposite direction


Do you have your unit set for north up or track up? This might cause this problem.

Apr 03, 2008 | Garmin eTrex Legend GPS Receiver

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