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    Is it true that once a bubble develops in a compass ********************* they are no good. I bought a Silva compass and it ended up getting a bubble in it.

    Can any of you recommed a good book for learing to use a compass. I have not been able to find any classes on using one around my area?
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    There are any number of great threads on here about compasses and even how to use them in navigation. Here are a couple to start with.

    http://www.wilderness-survival.net/f...ight=compasses

    http://www.wilderness-survival.net/f...ight=compasses

    The bubble is cosmetic only usually formed by high altitude or cold weather. It's a vacuum bubble not an air bubble. Try setting it in a window sill in direct sunlight. As it warms the liquid inside, usually mineral spirits or similar, will expand and the bubble will be gone. Even is it doesn't, the liquid only serves to dampen the needle. It has no affect on accuracy. That is between the needle and mother earth.

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    I have thought about useing a military compass? The if they are a little to high in price for you . Eyeskey has a couple military style compassís . Also have very good accuracy .


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    The type of compass is less important than understanding how to use it. Understanding declination and how it impacts the use of a compass for example. That said, I am not minimizing the quality of a good compass.

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    I rely on my internal compass. Is programmed to send me in a circle so that I always come back to where I started.

    In where I hunt and fish, regardless of the size of the pasture, walk until you get to a fence or a road and follow it to where you need to go. On the bay I do use the compass on the boat but only for general direction.

    The only time when a compass would have been better than dead reckoning would have been in my younger days when I would walk around in the swamps at night. It was very dark, very limited view of the stars/sky, and the moss grew all the way around the trees. In those days my kit consisted of a knife, shotgun and shells. Mosquito repellant was more important than a compass.


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    I feel this is the time to reveal my fool-proof land navigation system:

    To start, you just put your left arm out in front of you. Then, put your right arm out to your right side, And ..... wait for it ..... where they meet is exactly where you are, every time.
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