Map, Compass & GPS

Map, Compass & GPS
Wild flowers along Fall Creek on the way to the Green Lakes - Oregon

Monday, November 9, 2015

Magnetic Compass Common Mistakes

The compass maker Brunton has listed the top 5 magnetic compass common mistakes when using a compass.
  1. Having the map 180 degrees incorrect when taking a bearing ie getting north and south mixed up.
  2. Using a compass near metal objects, or near electronic items, causing the magnetic needle to be inaccurate.
  3. Looking at the map all of the time and not looking at visual clues in the real world.
  4. Losing concentration and walking too far when you get to your point, falling victim to confirmation bias – the tendency to see things that confirm you are right, but miss things that show you are wrong.
  5. Only carrying one compass with you. If one breaks you are stuck.
Make sure you don't make one of the magnetic compass common mistakes.

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