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how to read a simple compass? Answered

how to read a simple compass and how to find N-S-E-W  from the sun.


It's pretty simple to read a compass.

1) hold it flat, ie, hold it so that you look straight down to see the face of the compass.

2) allow the needle to come to rest.

3) rotate the compass slowly until N matches with the needle tip.

Now you can determine which way west, east south are...

Rick gave a good method for using the sun.

The red needle should point north.
Sun rises in the east, sets in the west.

. Psst! See the column over on the right? Scroll down a little bit to the "Related" section. Enjoy.

Have you got one?


The sun is easy if you have a watch:

Assuming you in the Northern Hemisphere:

take an analogue watch With hands - Pint the hour hand at the sun, half way between the hour hand and 12 o'clock is due South.

If your in the Southern Hemi - Then it ponts North.