How to use a lensatic compass

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  1. 1. 3. Center Hold Method2. Compass to Cheek Method1. Parts of the Compass Do you know how to hold a compass? Am I doing this right?
  2. 2. Thumb Loop Lanyard Ring Sighting Slot Lens Luminous Bezel Line Luminous Magnetic Arrow Fixed Index Line Luminous Heading Luminous Sighting Dots Sighting Wire Graduated Straight Edge Floating Dial Bezel 3. LENS REAR SITE LENSATIC COMPASS PARTS and Features of a Lensatic compass Cover Base
  3. 3. Degrees Most common unit to navigate with is the degree (). 360 Degrees to a Circle Distance Between Red Marks = 5 Distance Between Big Marks = 10 Distance Between Red Numbers = 20 N = 0 E = 90 S = 180 W = 270 BLACK RING RED RING FLOATING DIAL SCALE Mils - is used mainly in artillery, tank, and mortar gunnery. AND is also used for very accurate azimuth land navigation. 6400 Mils to a Circle Distance Between Small Marks = 20 Mils Distance Between Big Marks = 100 Mils Distance Between Numbers = 200 Mils N = 64 (6400) E = 16 (1600) S = 32 (3200) W = 48 (4800) 8.89 Mils = Degree 17.78 Mils = 1 Degree
  4. 4. Compass to Cheek Method Click forward for Compass to Cheek! Am I doing this right?
  5. 5. Compass-to-Cheek method for taking a target azimuth bearing 1) The compass-to-cheek technique is used almost exclusively for sighting, and it is the best technique for this purpose. 2) It is the best technique for taking an accurate azimuth bearing. 3) Open the cover to a 90-degree angle to the base. Position the eyepiece at a 45-degree angle to the base. 4) Place your thumb through the thumb loop, form a steady base with your third and fourth fingers, and extend your index finger along the side of the compass base. 5) Place the hand holding the compass into the palm of the other hand. 6) Bring both hands up to the face and position the thumb that is through the thumb loop against the cheekbone. 7) Look through the lens of the eyepiece. If the dial is not in focus, move the eyepiece up or down until the dial is in focus. 8) Align the sighting slot of the eyepiece with the sighting wire in the cover on the point to which the azimuth is being determined. Look through the lens of the eyepiece and read the azimuth under the index line. SIGHTING A LENSATIC COMPASS
  6. 6. Compass-to-Cheek method for taking a target azimuth bearing The compass-to-cheek technique is used almost exclusively for sighting, and it is the best technique for this purpose. It is the best technique for taking an accurate azimuth bearing. SIGHTING A LENSATIC COMPASS
  7. 7. Center Hold Method Click forward to the Center Hold Method! Am I doing this right?
  8. 8. Center-Hold method for taking a target azimuth bearing The center-hold technique is less precise, but is faster to use and can be used under all conditions of visibility. 1. Open the cover until it forms a straight edge with the base. 2. Pull the rear sight to the rear most position, allowing the dial to float freely. 3. Next, place your thumb through the thumb loop, form a steady base with your third and fourth fingers, and extend your index finger along the side of the compass. 4. Place the thumb of the other hand between the rear sight and the bezel ring; extend the index finger along the remaining side of the compass, and the remaining fingers around the fingers of the other hand. 5. Pull your elbows firmly into your sides; this will place the compass between your chin and your belt. 6. To measure azimuth, turn entire body toward the object, pointing the compass cover directly at the object. 7. Once you are pointing at the object, look down and read the azimuth from the fixed black index line. LENSATIC COMPASS
  9. 9. Center-Hold method for following an azimuth bearing LENSATIC COMPASS 1. Turn your body until desired azimuth is aligned with Black Index Line, hold this azimuth. Example 25.

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