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SUUNTO FIELD COMPASSES

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Field compasses

SUUNTO FIELD COMPASSES

Over the last 75 years, Suunto has developed a reputation as the world’s leading manufacturer of compasses and precision instruments. RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS

Compass models for juniors, active outdoor enthusiasts, and sports orienteering.

SUUNTO A-30

SUUNTO ARROW-20

SUUNTO A-10

A recreational compass for hiking and orienteering.

A base-plate compass with a fast, stable needle for competition orienteering.

A basic compass for beginners and juniors.

PROFESSIONAL

A compass selection for true outdoor and professional use.

SUUNTO MC-2

SUUNTO M-3

SUUNTO MCA

A professional-grade compass for taking precise directional measurements. The Global compass works all over the world.

A premium precision compass for convenient direction taking.

A compact mirror compass.

DECLINATION

INCLINATION

With its two poles, North and South, the Earth is like a huge magnet. As a result of this polarity, the red end of the compass needle will always point to the magnetic pole, which is not the same as the geographic (true) pole. The angle between these two poles is called Declination.

The vertical intensity and direction of the Earth’s magnetic field, the inclination, influences the horizontal plane of the compass needle according to the latitude where it is used. Because of inclination, compasses must be balanced for the Northern and/or Southern Hemisphere.

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Field compasses

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Photo Credit: Mårten Boström

DIRECTION ARROW

After you choose the direction from the map, the arrow shows which direction to go.

With the compass hanging around your neck, it’s always available when you need it. The snap lock makes it easy to detach the compass when determining the bearing from the map.

Map scales

CONTROL MARKING

These are round and triangular holes for making markings on the map. In sport orienteering they are essential.

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Direction arrow

→ →

North-South lines

Snap lock

The body of the compass, transparent polycarbonate plastics.

BASE PLATE

Control marking holes

→ → Magnetic needle Rotating capsule

MAGNIFYING LENS

Helps to read the small details in the map.

LANYARD

THE CAPSULE

The capsule is oil filled to guarantee fast and smooth settling of the special steel needle, which is hung on a sharp pivot. All Suunto compasses feature the jewel bearing system, which lengthens the lifetime of the compass, as the needle moves freely. In all Suunto field compass capsules there are also North-South lines marked with two colors, red indicating North.

MAP SCALES

The base plate features hot-stamped scales, which correspond to map scales. These measure the distances from the map. 1:10,000 = 1 cm on the map is 10,000 cm / 100 m on the ground. 1:24,000 = one inch on the map is 24,000 inches (2,000 feet) on the ground.

Magnifying lens

Model marking

Bezel

Base plate Lanyard

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COMPASSES

Orienteering

M-2

MCB

A-30

Beginners

MCA

A-20

Hikers

USER GROUPS

A-10

Recreational compasses Professional compasses Sports compasses

Professional / Military Marine

PRODUCT FEATURES Jewel bearing

Oil filled

NH / SH

NH

NH / SH

NH

NH

NH / SH

Adjustable declination correction Fixed declination correction Needle balancing (NH, SH, G)* Luminous bezel

Clinometer Magnifying lens

SCALES √

1:15 000 CM

1:20 000 CM

1:25 000 CM

Professional / Military

Marine

ARROW-30

Orienteering

ARROW-20

M-3

Hikers

USER GROUPS

ARROW-6

MB-6

1:62 500 INCH

MC-2

M-3 G

1:24 000 INCH

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1:50 000 CM

Beginners

PRODUCT FEATURES Jewel bearing

Oil filled

NH

NH

NH

Adjustable declination correction Fixed declination correction Needle balancing (NH, SH, G)*

NH/SH

G

Luminous bezel

Clinometer

NH/SH/G NH/G √ √

Magnifying lens

All Suunto products are subject to change without notice.

1:10 000 CM

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SCALES 1:10 000 CM

1:15 000 CM

1:20 000 CM

1:25 000 CM

1:50 000 CM 1:24 000 INCH 1:62 500 INCH

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Compasses are available in either cm or inch scales. *NH = Balanced for the Northern Hemisphere, SH = Balanced for the Southern Hemisphere, G = Global balancing – these models work accurately all over the world.

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For more outdoor guidance and inspiration, visit www.suunto.com/outdoor

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