PRECISION COMPASS. * LENSATIC *. PROVEN • RUGGED ACCURATE. CAMMENGA. FAX ( ANILINE AVE. HOLLAND, MICHIGAN Learn how to use the lensatic compass used by the US Military. I get lots of questions via email from people wanting to know how to use a lensatic compass, and I think I’ve covered that pretty well in a series of two posts.

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How to Find a Map Direction. Place your thumb in the loop on the side of the compass. I get lots of questions via email from people wanting to know how to use a lensatic compassand I think I’ve covered that pretty well in a series of two posts.

But not to you, I trust. Manyal with that in mind, I’ll start a series of short articles that each focus on a lensatjc tip for getting the most out of your compass. Resection with a lensatic compass is a process whereby you can determine your own location from that of two known points in the distance. From your known location on the map, you take your protractor, line it up to true north, find the angle to your next point, adjust for declination, and then shoot that angle with your compass.

If the tritium in your compass has become dim such that you can’t read the compass at night, you can “charge” it up with any flashlight. It’s important to hold your compass stable, squarely in front of you, and level. How to Calculate Height With Sextant.

All you do is take you compass and line it up from your current point to your desired destination and look at the compass reading. Rotate the bezel on the face of the compass until the indicator is directly over the “north” position indicated by an upper case “N”. At that point you know what direction you need to head to get to your next stop, and if you pair that with an accurate distance you’ll be on your way in no time.


Be sure you understand magnetic declination. This one will deal with night and low light navigation, a topic that could span several lengthy articles on its own. They give the basics of how they work, how to shoot an azimuth, how to get a bearing, and so on. You can use this feature to set your compass in the dark. An “azimuth” is pretty much the same as a “bearing. Point of Interest In addition to degrees to measure directions in a circle, the military also uses 6, mils.

With solid land-navigation skills, you’ll be more confident and “at home” in the wilderness. The only problem is that this process takes time and tools.

Lensatic Compass Guide

How to Use the Engineer Compass. Turn the compass in a horizontal manner until the azimuth is directly beneath the black index line on the face.

Some of the components’ terms are used in the explanations below.

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. For this task, the lensatic compass really shines.

Close is good enough in horsehoes, but I’m hoping exact is the standard for artillery fire. So the tritium will continue emitting “light” for quite a long time before it goes completely dark.

There’s a better way, I believe, from both a time and an accuracy standpoint. You fompass to go cross country directly to Devil’s Wash Basin, a deep and beautiful lake you’ve heard a lot about.


One advantage is it’s probably more accurate when it comes to “shooting azimuths,” meaning the act of determining the specific compass direction to a spot on the earth. Looking at the photo below, let’s say you’re at the north end of Sheeler Lake, where the penciled X is. That is, compasz the azimuth you recorded and subtract degrees from it, or mills if using a military lensatic compass.

Want a free ebook on Land Coompass It has replaced radium in recent decades after it was discovered that radium exposure is linked to an increased occurrence of bone cancer. My page, fully illustrated book is yours for the asking. According to United States Army Corps of Engineers, the engineer compass is also called a lensatic compass.

Using a Lensatic Compass

Face the object that you want to measure using the engineer compass. After reading those two articles anyone should be able to go out and perform basic land navigation with a map and lensatic compass. When hiking, use a map to help you navigate unfamiliar terrain. Things Needed Engineer lensatic compass. Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, kensatic personal trainer and professional writer.

She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. How to Calculate Azimuth. Keep doing compwss until you get to where you want to go. Learn Land Navigation Now.

Get your own customized topographical maps, built according to your specifications. Steady the compass by allowing the hand holding the compass to rest in the cupped palm of your other hand.