A compass is one of the most useful tools you can carry with you on a hike. This Suunto MC-2 Pro Compass is especially true for backcountry adventurers who like traveling off the beaten path. Choosing which compass to take with you, however, isn’t as easy as it might seem. Though all compasses work according to the same basic principle, different makes and models have different features. To get the most out of your compass, you should know what your options are.
Compasses point north, but that’s not all they do! Knowing the way you face in relation to the cardinal directions is important when finding your way. Using a compass and a map, you can navigate to landmarks you’d like to see or find your way back to the main trail after a detour. You can make camp knowing which way you’re facing to avoid wind exposure.
Suunto MC-2 Pro Compass Features:
High grade steel needle with jewel bearing.
Balanced for northern hemisphere.
Adjustable declination correction.
Liquid filled capsule for stable operation.
Mirror for sighting bearings and signaling.
Sighting hole and notch for accurate bearings.
Luminescent markings for working in low light.
Metric UTM scales and inch ruler.
Baseplate with magnifying lens.
The advanced navigation compass. When venturing out into new territory, these sighting compasses offer precision navigation with a variety of carefully engineered and dependable features for challenging conditions.
Global needle that works accurately anywhere on the planet.
Fixed declination adjustment system.
Luminous markings for easy readings, even at nighttime.
Contains a small mirror.
The brand logo sits directly on the compass dial, and some say this makes it a little difficult to see the needle alignment.
Question & Answer:
Question: I am looking for the best compass you can get for your money and was wondering what you would recommend?
Answer: We took a class on orienteering before we bought our MC-2DLIN. We trained and used this compass.
Question: Can anyone tell me what the white ticks on the side of the mirror cover are for and how to use them? It appears related to elevation and scaling.
Answer: They help you determine slope angle on topo maps using the contour lines.
Question: Received compass today. mirror is so foggy, i can hardly read compass while using it. did i get one with a bad mirror?
Answer: The mirror has a protective film on it to prevent scratches during production. You will have to remove it to get a clear picture.
Question: is there a declination adjustment key?
Answer: It says it has adjustable declination correction.
Question: How to adjust declination. Declination neddle moves as compass moves?
Answer: 1. Turn the compass over. 2. Insert the metal key (provided with your compass) into the adjustment screw. 3. Turn the key until the declination indicator is the correct number of degrees east or west of 0° (15.6 degrees West in this example).