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June 27, 2011
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iFrancis
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phild31 wrote:

I always have a compass with me but you can use the compass on the GC while standing still if the sun or moon is visible in the sky.
Turn the unit (and your self) to line the sun up with the sun's icon/image on the compass.
You will now have a direction to the cache;

That kinda smooths things a little! The reason i like the compass on my cellphone is because it shows-me where the cache is, having the sun as reference might not be the same but probably it helps!

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June 27, 2011
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Another thing is that if you are standing still there is a sun icon on the compass and all you have to do is line it up with the sun and you're good to go...

David

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June 27, 2011
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I always have a compass with me but you can use the compass on the GC while standing still if the sun or moon is visible in the sky.
Turn the unit (and your self) to line the sun up with the sun's icon/image on the compass.
You will now have a direction to the cache;

When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout

June 27, 2011
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Normally, I do not need a compass. In the few cases, I needed one, I have had a oldschool like compass. I bought it for cheap in a military store.

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June 27, 2011
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Sounds like a good backwoods navigation challenge--the old pick a point beyond the obstruction in line with your bearing and return to it after the obstacle is surmounted! I am half-kidding here, of course; my guess, though, is that if you are close enough to the cache, the accuracy of any unit is such that it wouldn't matter if you had the higher line compass. I have both a Triton 500 with the nicer compass and the GC; I enjoy both and have had little problem with the GC in finding caches (well, aside from my own Duh! moments). If I am following my GPSr compass too closely as I near a cache, I lose all my geosense and blunder around, relying on the instrument and forgetting to think logically about where the cache might be hidden. But it sounds like you could always pull out the cellphone in a pinch, too.

June 27, 2011
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Hello David,

Thanks for your answer.

I'm just thinking about those times (like this weekend) when GZ has vegetation or bushes and you're not really sure where the cache is... it's useful to stop and point i guess... maybe if it works at a very slow pace it would be a minor issue.

iFrancis

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For me it is a nice addition to a GPS and I enjoy having it on my eX710. However, I also have several other units like the GC and the eX310 and it really doesn't bother me not to have it - you just have to remember to always keep moving at least at a slow pace. Once you get used to that it really isn't a big deal at all!

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June 27, 2011
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Hello Guys,

I'm planning on buying a Magellan eXplorist GC but I'm kinda concerned about the lack of the electronic compass... I'm used to it because my cellphone has one and it is very useful when we're near the cache...
What do you guys think? Is it relevant?

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iFrancis

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