Ok folks, back to the dreaded land navigation today. In this final video, which I’ve been trying to shoot forever, I tell you how to measure an azimuth off a map and translate that information onto your compass. As you’re (hopefully) aware north on a map doesn’t necessarily mean north on your compass. Grid or map north is a product of the way the maps are made and magnetic north is where your compass points. The difference between the two is called magnetic deviation or magnetic declination. The trick is to know the declination in your area. Click here to figure out what the declination is in your area.
Here in Maine it’s now about 16 degrees. In the examples I use 18 degrees because that’s what’s on the map, but I know if I go out to use 16 degrees so I don’t get lost.
Check out the video here for a more detailed explanation.
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