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Magnetic vs True North
April 17, 2011
2:40 pm
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It's hard to see right over here. We have about 2,4°

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April 17, 2011
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Go to 'Settings' - 'Navigation' - 'North Reference' - pick either 'Magnetic' or 'True' and leave it set that way.

If you need to change it for a specific purpose just remember to change it back to your "regular" setting.

I always know what my north reference setting is because I always leave it set to 'Magnetic'.

I don't need to clutter up the display with more stuff.
And I want the processor & programing to make the unit work more efficiently as a navigation device.
Yes, I know one little tiny letter isn't much but where do we draw the line for nearly useless clutter?

Just my humble opinion.

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April 16, 2011
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Yes, as I said, so long as you have "North Up" set on your Map Options, then you can tell your North setting from that arrow on the map screen. If you have "Course Up" or "Track Up" you're out of luck. Also, you don't know how to interpret Heading & Bearing, or even your compass screens. I like the idea of "TN" or "MN" indicator, or even just an "M" or blank would do.

April 16, 2011
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bottom left corner of the 4 corners/map screen contains a little N and arrowhead. if set to magnetic, the arrowhead will be at an angle to the screen edge. of course, here in california it's easy to see the difference of 15 degrees, but maybe not so clear elsewhere.

i agree that some indication would be useful. perhaps changing the simple N to show TN or MN would be useful.

April 16, 2011
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There appears to be no way to tell whether you have Magnetic or True north selected except by navigating to Tools>Settings>Navigation etc. Result is that when you try to orient your map screen to "north" either by the eXplorist's compass or an external compass, you might not do it correctly. Likewise, all screens showing Bearing, or Heading depend on whether you are set for Magnetic or True. This is independent of whether you use the eXplorist's compass or not.

I'd like to have some indication of which setting is active when looking at the map & compass screens.

Note that if you happen to have "North Up" selected on "Map Options", then you actually can tell which setting you have, since the north pointer in bottom left of the map screen points to your setting (Mag or True) while "Up" actually always refers to True.

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