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Compasses are made of durable materials and have liquid-filled capsules for steady needle operation under the most severe weather conditions. All the compasses are individually balanced for five geographical zones, with the exception of some models that have global balancing and thus can be used all over the world.

Compasses purchased in New Zealand will normally be balanced for the Southern Hemisphere. If you want a compass that works everywhere in the world, be sure to get a global compass.

Suunto Compasses
A-10 General purpose base-plate compass
A-30 Luminous bezel with large magnifier
Clipper A great micro compass
M-3G Global compass with magnifier and extended base-plate
MC-2G Global mirror compass with adjustable declination
MCA A simple sighting compass
MB-6 A sighting compasses offering precision navigation
MCB A floating, ergonomic multi-purpose mirror compass

Military Compasses
MC-2G mls Global mirror compass in mils
Ranger 54 mls Global mirror compass in mils

Precision Instruments
KB-14 A hand-bearing compass with high accuracy
KB-20 A floating, light-weight hand-bearing compass
PM-5 Clinometer A hand-held device for measuring heights
Tandem Precision compass and clinometer in one

Silva Compasses
Metro ease-of-use for quick orientation
Field has 1:50,000 scale to match NZ topos
Ranger base-plate compass
Ranger S classic sighting compass
Ranger SL advanced sighting compass
Expedition a base-plate compass
Expedition S a mirror-sighting compass

Silva Thumb Compasses
Race Jet Spectra fast settle needle for orienteering

Other instruments
Map Measurer analog navigation instrument


Compasses measure direction in degrees, which, on a compass, increases clockwise:

East is at 90 degrees
South at 180
West at 270
North at 360 or 0 degrees.

Compass ABC
How to use a compass

How to use a map and a compass.

Compass FAQ

All you ever wanted to know about compasses.

If you've got a question to which you can't find an answer, then email and ask us. We'll do our best to answer.

Compass Types
  • Baseplate compass
  • Gyro compass
  • Prismatic compass
  • Thumb compass
  • and more

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    MapWorld New Zealand, July, 2019