Cab Mounted compasses

Submitted: Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 20:53
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Does anybody have any suggestions for a good quality (Old fashioned !!!) dashboard mounted compass.
Thanks
Cameron
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Reply By: dixie - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:00

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:00
Try a boat shop as they have a good range of compasses for dash mounting
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:13

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:13
...or aviation style ones used in small planes, have "deviation" correction screws too.
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Follow Up By: dixie - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:19

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:19
Yes the boat compass i have also has magnetic field correction screws as heater fans etc can upset the true reading
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Reply By: Topcat (WA) - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:42

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:42
Hi Cameron, I have a very good Silva Magnetic Compass fitted in my Tojo which I have used for navigation for about 10 years now before the GPS units became the rage. Accurate to +- one degree & has excellent coefficient compensators which eliminate magnetic interference from electrical & radio equipment. The current model is the C58 which is dash or windscreen mounted. It has an interior light fitted for night vision & retails at around $125.00 & is available from :
Macson Trading Company
44 Alexandra Parade
Clifton Hill Victoria 3068
Telephone (03) 9489 9766
Email info@macson.com.au

Cheers.Have Wheels Will Travel
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:58

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 21:58
Are you happy with it, they seem kind of expensive to me, I was looking at them last yrs 4x4 show.
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Follow Up By: Topcat (WA) - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 22:23

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 22:23
Hi Truckster, when I bought the unit they were only around $80.00 & as I was in Melborne at the time I went and bought one. After setting it up I was very surprised when I got a GPS as to how accurate it was since I haven't altered the compensation since installation. I suppose if you want good quality equipment you have got to be prepared to pay for it. I've seen so many of the 'cheapies' fitted to vehicles that spin like a top when you switch on any of the vehicle accessories that you wonder whether north is north or whatever. It has served me well over the years where all I had was that & a good map to work with. By the way I will be in Melbourne early November after my trip up to the Cape. Might try & make contact while there. Cheers.Have Wheels Will Travel
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 23:53

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 23:53
Yea dont mind paying for QUALITY things, just get worried about getting ripped off.

Welcome to catch up, could even arrange a BBQ with the MElbourne people at my place if the dog hasnt totally destroyed the back yard.

Take care.
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Follow Up By: Member - Shawn - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 13:33

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 13:33
Guys, i don't know about in car dash mounted compasses, but the price seems resonable to me as a godd quality Silva hand held compass can set you back $60 - $80.
I can vouch for hand held Silva compasses as professionally as that is all we use, a very good brandKeep your powder dry
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Reply By: Member - Colin (ACT region) - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 12:06

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 12:06
Like 'Topcat' I have a Silva dash compass. It is OK, although it was difficult to adjust - and this would vary from car to car! Not sure about accuarcy as it does swing a bit sometimes but I only use it as a general guide to direction - it is especially good in forested areas where it is easy to get dis-orientated. I also have a GPS, but it can loose its signal in thick forest. When I was looking for a compass there was not a lot to choose from and Silva seems to be a quality product. Colin - Subaru Forester
- size isn't everything ! -
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Reply By: Cameron - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 17:52

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 17:52
Thanks for the responses guys
Cameron
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Reply By: Steve from Drive Systems Victoria - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 22:01

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 22:01
I had a "Richie" dash mount in my Tojo and was accurate in all but one position, and I learned to live with it. When I brought the Patrol, tried to fit it in but could not compensate for the interference in the dash of the Nissan. Turn key on, and needle revolved 15 degree. Open drivers door, needle spun 45 degree. Richie now sits on the bench in the shed!
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