At first glance, the lensatic compass can seem a bit daunting. Covered in various markings and with multiple moving parts, it looks as though it. Learn how to use the lensatic compass used by the US Military. I have half a dozen navigation apps on my phone, so I rarely get lost! But phones have several major weaknesses: battery life and signal reception. Both of those.

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Hold it square and straight in front of you like you mean business.

You may be tempted to use the MN line on the declination diagram, but be careful. Your compass is now set. The bezel clicks as it moves–three degrees for every click. Turn your entire body as a unit until your predetermined azimuth falls under the fixed black index line.

Using a Lensatic Compass

You don’t want to hold it crooked, cockeyed, or off level. One disadvantage is, unlike the orienteering compass, it’s not easy to make it double as a protractor, meaning you’ll have to carry a protractor with you. Next Best Ways to Build a Campfire: Enroll in my personalized step-by-step video-based online course. Get your own customized topographical maps, built according to your specifications.

Now, hold the compass level and squarely in front of you. Like any skillit is good to practice navigating with a lensatic compass before your life depends on it. To do this we need to establish an accurate Magnetic North reference line commpass the map. We can abbreviate to either mils Mag. Unless you are stranded on a deserted islandknowing how to use a compass just may save your life! You now have your target’s bearing.


Lensatic Compasses

To use your lensatic compass to find the direction of your intended azimuth which you probably got from your map, using your protractor:. To find directions from your map, you’re going compasx need a protractor, a special instrument used for measuring angles. Some of these compasses have a notch at each end of the housing along this line. Refer back to this “reality check” occasionally during plotting to make sure what compaes are doing makes sense.

You can use this feature to set your compass in the dark. Then turn the azimuth to the other direction 90 degrees left, in this caseand move the exact same distance as when you deviated from your original path.

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Plotting a bearing on a map using a round lensatic compass

While speed is important in many tactical situations, a lensatic compass is not necessarily designed for speed. The location we sighted the bearing to the cabin is where the back bearing intersects the lake shore.

Watch this video on YouTube Another useful method is to orient your map to north by using your compaes. Make an “L” shape with the index finger and thumb of your other hand. Welcome To the Lensatic Compass Guide. Pay particular attention to the surface your are working on. Start by lemsatic your thumb through the thumb loop and putting your index finger alongside the compass, similar to the compaxs method.


You want to find your position using the technique of partial resection, so you need to know that tower’s bearing with a high degree of accuracy. Open compasx cover completely and pull back the rear sight. Whenever the luminous magnetic arrow lines up with the luminous short line, you’re following your intended azimuth.

Using a compass we can sight a bearing to our cabin across the lake. Definition of a Lensatic Compass So let’s get to the point, that being what the “lensatic” term means.

Two-hand Hold of the Lensatic Compass. Watch this video on Coompass Choosing Landmarks The landmark you choose can be anything visibly noteworthy.

Many wooden tables also have bolts, nails, screws, and other metal components. The term ” lensatic compass ” is is used most frequently in the military, and only in reference to one specific model of compass.

It has its advantages and disadvantages over the orienteering compass.

An “azimuth” is pretty much the same as a “bearing. A truck, your radio, or even the barrel of your hunting air gun can push the needle away from north. Put the thumb of your other hand on the compass, between the compass body and the lens.

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