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Old 10-05-2012, 09:02 AM
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Originally Posted by GregW View Post
Buy a magnetic compass. The point of the needle points to magnetic north. That should be close enough.
You may not always have a compass with you, but you more than likely have a wristwatch *on you* ?

You can usually see the sun, or at least *where it is or seems to be*.
Use your wrist watch, and point the little hand (the short one ...) to the sun.
The number 12 points now south.

Again, close enough !

But ...
Does not really work when you are near the equator ...
South of the equator ?
Never met anybody worried about this fact from down there ...
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:41 AM
Location: DC
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Not quite right. In the AM 12 is about pointed South. In the PM it's about pointed North.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:48 AM
Location: the Beaver State
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Originally Posted by P47P47 View Post

When they brought the wives out and asked them the same question, only one answered "East.", and that was clearly a guess.
It's taken me five years, but my wife has finally figured that out. It's amazing how her direction sense has drastically improved since then. I no longer get panicked calls needing help with directions.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:03 PM
Location: Interior AK
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The watch-as-compass thing doesn't work so well near the poles either. It's worked reasonably well for me between 25 & 45 degrees latitude though.
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