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    Re: Hand bearing compass
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 Mar 25, 20:03 -0500

      Those that I have seen are 
    indeed nice compasses, and the luminous night markings are unmatched. 
    However, I chose a Suunto orienterring compass (with dual/reciprocal scales) 
    some years ago. It is small, about the size of a Zippo lighter. I think 
    Suunto sold the one in a nice aluminum case for about $45 back then, I chose 
    the plastic case for half that price--which makes it about 1/4 the price of 
    the "good" hockey pucks.
     This type of compass is held directly in front of one eye, and you "sight" 
    through a small lens to the compass ring while your other eye looks at your 
    target. You get the illusion of the compass numbers being superimposed over 
    the target and the simple optics ensure an accurate alignment.
     The result is a fast accurate bearing at 1/4 the price and the assurance that 
    it can be around my neck and in my chest pocket. It is "Genuine Nautical" and 
    it does need a night light (I tapped in an LED internally) but those hockey 
    pucks never fit in my chest pocket anyway.

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