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Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass. 3452

Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,768
Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« on: January 21, 2016, 05:58:39 PM »
Really liking the adjustable declination feature.  I don't want to be doing math when I'm out.  I think my next one will be the Global,  or at least one with a clinometer.  Time to find orienteering classes. 
« Last Edit: January 21, 2016, 07:00:27 PM by Aloha007 »

Esse Quam Videri
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 20,050 I may get older but I refuse to grow up.
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2016, 10:24:22 PM »
Nice one. :cheers:

I have a Suunto A10 and it has served me well so far.
No Life Club Posts: 4,680 Captain's Apprentice
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2016, 11:05:22 PM »
Awesome! I don't have a nice compass yet.

I picked up a Suunto M9 but it is horrendously inaccurate. I would not rely on it in any situation. Extremely disappointed with such a brand name.
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 20,050 I may get older but I refuse to grow up.
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2016, 12:33:21 AM »
Awesome! I don't have a nice compass yet.

I picked up a Suunto M9 but it is horrendously inaccurate. I would not rely on it in any situation. Extremely disappointed with such a brand name.

Maybe you have steel running thought your veins and that's causing the interference. :think:


>:D
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,165
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2016, 07:57:20 AM »
Your M3 looks like a good compass. I've got 4 Suunto compass's MC-2D, MC-2G, MB-6 Global. M-9. They have served me well over the years. The MC-2G and MB-6 Global has both a global needle and clinometer. Those two are my favorite. I have the MB-6G handy most of the time.    :)

What? Enablers! Are you serrrrious? Where? I dont see any.

Hold Fast
No Life Club Posts: 4,380
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2016, 10:13:26 PM »
I've had an old Silva Compass for about 22 years now (see pic).




But last year I came across a Suunto MB-6 Global and I liked it so much I just had to buy it, since then I also bought myself a Silva Ranger S and a Recta DP2 (this last one is for my oldest son).  The Suunto MB-6 Global and the Recta DP2 are very small and easy to take with you, and the compass and the mirror are both well protected in a tough protection case.

Here's some technical info about them, taken from the site of Recta:

"The DP compasses are the original versions of the Swiss army compasses. A highly resistant Noryl case offers strong protection for the capsule. It also features a cm scale and provides a sighting line of 11 cm when opened. The underlying mirror allows very simple sighting with a accuracy of 1 degree. The needle is rotating on a sapphire bearing immersed in antistatic fluid. The DP compasses allow hand bearing as well as mirror sighting."

I also bought a book about navigation called "Ultimate navigation manual" by Lyle Brotherton and I find it to be a very interesting read.  Here's a youtube video (not my video) about the English version of the book, I own the Dutch version but it looks pretty much the same as the one in the video.  I'll try to take some pics of my "new" compasses one of these days.

Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,768
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2016, 10:45:22 PM »
Thanks TG  :tu:  I'll have a look out for that book.  I think the Global will be the next compass I get. 

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Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,768
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2016, 06:06:55 PM »
I believe this will be my last compass, Suunto MC-2.  I got all the features I wanted with this one.  Great thing is I paid $10 for it brand new. 

Esse Quam Videri
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,165
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2016, 06:36:36 PM »
Nice compass and a bargin price!   :tu:   Hope you get a lot of good use out of it.    :)

What? Enablers! Are you serrrrious? Where? I dont see any.

Hold Fast
Admin Team Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,837
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2016, 07:02:51 PM »
Just to derail things...

How do you store your compasses to prevent them getting damaged by magnetic influences in the home?

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No Life Club Posts: 4,380
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2016, 07:28:07 PM »
I believe this will be my last compass, Suunto MC-2.  I got all the features I wanted with this one.  Great thing is I paid $10 for it brand new.

I have about the same one, but from Silva, not Suunto.  Mine is a Silva Ranger S, I don't have pictures of it (yet), but my youngest son used it today during our hike, I used my Suunto MB-6 Global today, I did take a pic of that one today  ;)

There's also a Wave in the pics, it's almost March Wave challenge time, and I've been carrying my Wave for the last couple of days to prepare myself a bit  :D.



No Life Club Posts: 4,380
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2016, 07:35:38 PM »
Just to derail things...

How do you store your compasses to prevent them getting damaged by magnetic influences in the home?

We have a "hobby table for me/play table for the kids" in a corner of the living room, and that's where I keep my compasses, it's far away from all electrical equipement, and other things with magnetic influence.  I checked it with all of my compasses, and they always point north on that table, so they're save  ;).  I keep them in their original packaging, and with about 20 or 30 cm between them, so they don't "hurt" each other ...  ::)

My wife isn't really happy about this situation by the way ...  :whistle:
Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,768
Re: Picked up a Suunto M3 Compass.
« Reply #12 on: February 29, 2016, 07:39:23 PM »
Just to derail things...

How do you store your compasses to prevent them getting damaged by magnetic influences in the home?

I use the container for cold cuts.  Here we get cold cut meats in plastic container so I use them for storing them I also add in those silica packs to absorb moisture.  I carry them in leather when out in the field.  I still need to sort out my newest compass with paper for notes and a pen/pencil. 

Esse Quam Videri

 

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