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Q: How do I use a compass in the city? ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: How do I use a compass in the city?
Category: Science > Instruments and Methods
Asked by: liquid20-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 06 Mar 2006 22:41 PST
Expires: 05 Apr 2006 23:41 PDT
Question ID: 704470
Hello, I've got a rather basic question to ask.  How do I use a
compass in the city?  I've seen articles explaining it in the woods or
nature, but what about the city?  I guess I can figure it out
eventually, but I'm rather lazy and a short succinct article on the
subject would be useful.  I'm leaving for travel in a couple of days
to London and Tehran, Iran so the sooner the answer the better.


Ali Rafatjah
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: How do I use a compass in the city?
From: anujzzz-ga on 06 Mar 2006 23:54 PST
Hello Ali,

The use of compass is pretty much same, irrespective of where you use
it - city, jungle, hills or snow!!

Here are a couple of links with detailed usage of Compass. This I hope
would be better then what you have read till now.



These links give a detailed procedure of how to use a compass alone or
along with a Map.

These pages also throw light on Magnetic Declination - a situation
where the compass is pointing towards the magnetic northpole, and the
map is pointing towards the geographic northpole.


This link gives a basic step by step procedure of using a compass.
Subject: Re: How do I use a compass in the city?
From: irlandes-ga on 16 Mar 2006 16:14 PST
For years, I have used a compass in Mexico City.  I have the Guia Roji
map book, but it is not always easy to tell which street is which when
I come out of the metro (subway), especially when there is a haze. 
So, I flip out the compass, note which way is south or north, then
orient the map book and away I go.

I do not see any special needs for city use compared to country use.

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