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I'm fairly new to geocaching (found my first cache yesterday). I'm going for a cache today that has the following in the write-up: "from the waypoint...the cache is 21.6 meters distant, on a bearing of 96 degrees magnetic"

My question is this: my compass calls north 0, east 90, south 180, and west 270. Is this a standard thing with all compasses (or navigating in general), meaning that a bearing of 96 degrees would be roughly east (or more accurately, just slightly south of east)?

Just wanted to check before I head out, so I'm not walking a circle with a diameter of 43.2m untill I find the cache!

Thanks.

you are correct. there are 360 degrees in a circle and all compasses (unless they are divided into mils, don't worry about it) use this layout. for more information on using a compass, there are several old threads here that explore the topic, and i can certainly recommend becoming expert with map and compass by bjorn kjellstrom as an excellent reference. there are numerous other books on the subject as well as a number of online tutorials (see the usof webpage, look under education). good luck. -harry

Just didn't know if other compasses might increase counter-clockwise, or have a different direction as 0 degrees (We use east as 0, and increase counter-clockwise when drawing using AutoCAD at work) Good to know it's a standard thing.

Thanks!

Tahosa is a geocacher that is well versed in compass and map reading. In fact he uses that in quite a few of his caches. Use the link I provided and email him with questions. He can probably supply you with plenty of web links to help you out.
I'm fairly new to geocaching (found my first cache yesterday). I'm going for a cache today that has the following in the write-up: "from the waypoint...the cache is 21.6 meters distant, on a bearing of 96 degrees magnetic"

My question is this: my compass calls north 0, east 90, south 180, and west 270. Is this a standard thing with all compasses (or navigating in general), meaning that a bearing of 96 degrees would be roughly east (or more accurately, just slightly south of east)?

Just wanted to check before I head out, so I'm not walking a circle with a diameter of 43.2m untill I find the cache!

Thanks.

Yes as long as the degrees are specified as magnetic you can just use the numbers around the housing of a standard compass. If the degrees are in relation to true north then you will need to add an understanding of declination to your toolbox. Declination changes with your position in a relatively predictable pattern. USGS maps have the data in the margin and it is generally accurate enough unless specific anomalies exist like magnitite outcroppings or the like.

Oatway - Given that the bearing and distance to the cache from a waypoint are what you have for your quest you might want to simply project a waypoint in your gps and not worry about the compass too much on this particular cache.

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