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TO COMPASS. To imagine; to contrive.
     2. In England, to compass the death of the king is high treason. Bract. 1. 3, c. 2 Britt. c. 8; Mirror, c. 1, s. 4.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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One of the main advantages of gyrocompasses over traditional magnetic compasses is that they locate the true north rather than the magnetic north - very important in navigation.
Compasses are most useful when used with topographic maps.
All high-quality compasses can be manually set for the proper declination.
800-835-3278), known for heavy involvement in the camping field, sells some super low-cost compasses, too.
Cabela's (1-800-237-4444; sells a variety of nice compasses. All are reasonably priced, making them ideal gifts for the beginning outdoors person or for someone who just wants GPS peace of mind.
Precision doesn't solve all the problems inherent with old-school mag compasses because the magnet drive is subject to lead and lag effect, but Precision maintains that the beauty of vertical card design is the absence of pendulosity.
The silicone damping design seems to eliminate the classic bobbling motion of the floating compass card that's inherent with other wet compasses. Our experience flying with and calibrating this compass has been favorable.