Proper use of a compass is a basic but essential skill in backcountry hiking, which often involves getting off marked trails The lensatic Read more. Learn how to use the lensatic compass used by the US Military. Plotting a bearing on a map using a round lensatic compass. Sighting the bearing. To determine our location we are going to combine two pieces of information.

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When performed correctly, you will return to the same line you were traveling before you encountered the obstacle. Two parts of this line include the sighting wire, which you can align with things that are visible on the map, and the center of the rotating compass card.

According to United States Army Corps of Engineers, the engineer compass is also called a lensatic compass. She has been coompass health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. In our example at the lake, our cabin is NE of our current location.

Perhaps this is why most military personnel are trained to plot bearings using a protractor on a Coordinate Scale and Protractor tool. Avoid magnetic fields from magnets, electrical appliances, iron or lennsatic engines. If your compass does not have these notches, you should add them.

Or make a permanent scratch mark, paint line, or permanent marker line on each end. Then use a straight edge to draw and label the Magnetic Compas Reference line.

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Plotting a bearing on a map using a round lensatic compass

Instead you will use an imaginary line that runs down the center of the compass. Hold the compass with your thumb fully in the thumb ring, and your index finger wrapped around and gripping the circular part of the underneath of the compass’s base. This is known as a back bearing.

Use the engineer compass to measure the azimuth to take a bearing or direction. Depending on which text editor you’re pasting into, you might have to add the italics to the site name.

You may be tempted to use the MN line on the declination diagram, but be careful. I guess the military needs the extra accuracy now and then say, for example, to precisely place artillery fire. Sometimes even a metal belt buckle can interfere with a compass, which can result in an incorrect reading.

Your compass is now set. Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and lensaic writer. An “azimuth” is pretty much the same as a “bearing.

Make an “L” shape with the index finger and thumb of your other hand. Hold the compass level by your thumb and index finger.

You now have your target’s bearing. Don’t even consider using the hood or tailgate of a vehicle.

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How to Use a Lensatic Military Compass – Navigate Safely in the Wild

Let’s say you see a water tower off in the distance. Using a compass we can sight a bearing to our cabin across the lake. We can abbreviate to either mils Mag. Open the compass completely and hold it level in front of you. It may take a while to get lehsatic, and you should practice in a safe location before relying on one, but few devices are more able to help you navigate your way to safety.

Return from Lensatic Compass to Home. Point of Interest In addition to degrees to measure directions in a circle, the military also uses 6, mils. In addition to degrees to measure directions in a circle, the military also uses 6, ohw.

Plotting a bearing on a map using a round lensatic compass

We will be orienting our map with Magnetic North. You then see where the line you drew intersects with the protractor’s numbers, in this case degrees. The need to carefully orient the map, and the precautions about metal in the vicinity of the compass makes this type of plotting more difficult than most other methods.