Some compass use tips and techniques:
Hold the compass level when taking readings. If you tilt the compass, you risk burying the needle and getting a false reading. I teach new students two methods to hold the compass. At http://www.maxvelocitytactical.com/2014/12/land-navigation/ , he points to this site: http://armyguru.com/training/navigation . Select “compass”, to see both methods.
Method 1: My method is a modified version of the method in the picture. Hold the compass in both hands, palms up, one palm resting over the other, with both thumbs pointing forward along each respective side of the compass. Hold it at waist level locking your elbows into your sides. Face your objective square-on, then look straight down at the level compass to get your azimuth (heading) to the objective. Do not only turn your hands to face your objective but instead turn your entire body to face it. When you feel comfortable with this…
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