My 35 year old, Sweden made Silva Ranger Type 15 has developed a Lawrence Welk favorite-a Tiny Bubble. It still works and appears accurate and the bubble goes away when it is warm. But I thought it was time for me to have a backup, which will take over at the appropriate time.The market is not very rich for these right now, and may never be again, I dont know. My choices were:**Silva - who just bought back the distribution rights in North America but are now made solely in China**Brunton -US made in Wyoming but owned by Fenix Outdoors, previously of Sweden now of Switzerland **Suunto - Finnish through and throughI selected the Suunto MC-2 USGS baseplate/sighting mirror model at about $55 USD. The MC-2 Global was $95 and there was definitely a quality difference in terms of sharpness of needle and the global readability thereof. But the USGS edition is really a great compass for the money. Very similar to the old Silva Ranger Type 15 in look and functionality.Reviews were sketchy on all of these manufacturers, until I realized that many of the reviewers had never even used a compass or were professionals who needed more specialized equipment. One reviewer complained of the mirror being hazy until another pointed out that they forgot to remove the protective plastic wrap. Another complained of a sluggish inclinometer until it was pointed out that the compass needed to be on its side. So you see what we are up against with the reviewers.Anyway, the Suunto MC-2 USGS is a great compass so far, accurate if not always pretty, very similar to the old Silva ranger Type 15 with the additional features of a sight hole at the bottom of the mirror and a magnifying lense molded as part of the base plate.So far, no complaints. Gave my niece and nephew a brief lesson in declination and pointing an azimuth (bearing) the other day.Who else still uses a compass out there and what have you got? I would post pics but I keep getting an error. Probably pic size
As a Geography teacher, I do have a thing for compasses. Here is the majority of my compasses, but I do have a few others not in this photo. Most notably, my fathers 1960s Silva Huntsman Compass. I also have a simple Victorinox compass as well...but that one is with the SAK collection currently.20210120_142006A by Chako, on FlickrFrom top - left to right:Suunto MCB compass in yellow, Engineering lensatic compass, Generic compass with glow dots, a pair of Silva Type 7 NL, Sylva Ranger Type 15.From bottom - left to right:Schrade Tough Navi-Tool, Coghlan's pin on hunter ball compass.The Ranger 15 is an awesome compass. The Suunto MCB suffers from a plastic hinge. The engineer lensatic compass is a good design. The Schrade Navi Tool tends to go out with me on hikes attached to a backpack. The ball type hunter compass is a good backup that doesn't take any room at all. The others are of the type I tend to use to teach students on how to use compasses and map reading (these are my personal copies).
Oh man, I’ve just recently bought my own real compass and also went with Suunto MC-2 Global, though I managed to find it new for like 50$ GPS and so on is awesome and helps a lot, but there’s just something I truly live about those real analogue things By the way do you guys have some nice case/sheath ideas for this Suunto compass?
They awl point to a different North...
Are you surprised? I'm guessing all the compasses in the neighborhood are pointing to Chako's house
I have a few. The 2 close at hand Suunto and Silva.
Just realized the forum filter didn't turn this into a compsmurf thread...
Thank God they aren't called Comp$h1theads, or we would have a h311 of a time here today
Cool thread, I have a few compasses and the Orienteering book by Kjellstrom.I have Silva that I really like(ed). It might be a Silva Ranger, or equivalent. At some point, it somehow got an air bubble in the housing. I was super bummed that this happened, and to my knowledge, there's nothing to be done about this. So true to my personality.... rather than find some healthy way to rectify the situation, I've neglected the hobby entirely and keep the compass in my EDC SAK basket ... for what, I don't know
A small bubble wont affect the compass much at all. A 1/4 inch bubble is where you start getting into trouble. Bigger than that, and the bubble can literally bump the needle. I think you'll find the colder it is, the larger the bubble gets.The only thing that could possibly be done about it is to keep the compass in a very warm, dry room. The fluid should expand and push out the air from whatevereaky seal it entered. It is at that point, you might be able to put a bead of, say, silicone around the seals of the dial. That might work.I was hugely disappointed when mine developed the little bitty bubble. Maybe I could have treated it better. I had no idea when I bought it that in the "future", compasses would be less quality than they were in the 80's. I have half a mind to go back and buy a second Suunto MC-2 just to keep it in the package, someplace safe, so I have it when the zombie apocalypse happens and theres no more electricity for GPs
That mirror sighting Recta looks EXACTLY like my Ssunto MC-2. Exactly. Did Suunto buy Recta, or are they producing for Recta? Nice M3 G as,wellInteresting Silva mirror sight. Hows the quality of Silva these days?