Can a common, inexpensive
hiking compass be a better ghost hunting
tool than a EMF meter? Ghost hunting
can be an expensive or inexpensive endeavor.
EMF levels seem to actually pull the
compass needle away from magnetic true
North. A needle deviance of more than
30 degrees usually indicates a "hot"
or anomalous spot for otherworld, ghostly
or spirit manifestations. Simply put
when a ghost is near, the compass arrow
spins around and can't find north.
Classic Lensatic Compass
All of us start at the beginning
and for those venturing into the
Paranormal invetgation field for
the first time, this basic base
plate compass is quick to learn,
easy to use and affordable. Best
of all, they get you there and
back without any hassle. These
models are preferred by beginers,
and professionalsfor all around
ghost hunting activities like
cemeteries, haunted battlefields,
haunted houses and ghost hunting
adventures off the beaten path.
Classic Lensatic Compass
The base plate has been contoured
to fit comfortably in large or
small hands and the Brunton patented
Red/Black orienting lines, arrow
and a stylized Red "N"
at 360 degrees on the easy dial,
make sure you match the Red end
of the magnetic needle to North,
every time, to take the right
course. The 2 degree graduation
lines, the numerals at the 20
degree marks and the cardinal
points have all been enlarged
for easy reading. For map use,
they have added an easy to use
"no tools" declination
adjustment on all Brunton models
and declination correction scales
for Nexus compasses. With all
these features offered at reasonable
cost, how can anyone not afford
to have a dependable basic compass
to go where you want and enjoy
the wonders of paranormal ghost
It may seem like a
small item, but a compass serves multiple
purposes. Of course it may be used to
find your way, but it may also be used
to detect odd magnetic fields. If you
experience an area with activity, look
for magnetic fields in the area to zero
in on the disturbance. For those who
cannot afford the electronic devices
immediatly, the compass can be purchased
in any sporting goods department in
your area. They can range in price from
as little as $10.00 to $100.00 It is
commonly believed that carrying one
of these devices into a haunted location
will direct you to the ghost or energy
field and then spin while the field
You can use a compass
to detect major magnetic fields, but
it is a very difficult process. To detect
them correctly and quickly you absolutely
need an EMF detector. They come in several
varieties. The more expensive the more
features and sensitivity. Although you
can skimp with cost on many papranormal
items, you really can't skimp with an
EMF detector. Invest in a good one.
But it is suggested in any feild start
with the most affordable item you can
purchase learn how to use it then move
on to the more sufisticated equipment.
Although compasses themselves are cheap
itemsevery Ghost Hunter or Paranormal
Investigation Group or Ghost hunting
Book usually recommends you get a quality
compass. Normal, cheap compasses tend
to place the needle too close to the
bottom of the compass or in a configuration
which makes using them impossible if
you are on any angle or moving to that
end, you need to use a compass that
is professional and will work if it
is off-balance or shaken. Many also
recommend getting both a digital and
old fashioned needle version because
digital compass detection is different
from traditional magnetic detection.
Brunton Classic Compass
compass can make an inexpensive
alternative to the EMF detector.
A ghostly anomaly will turn the
needle at least 30-35* away from
magnetic North. Again, you must
rule out the possibility of an electrical
source. The downfall to using this
device is that it has no light and
you must always be aware of the
direction of magnetic North.
A compass (or mariner's
compass) is a navigational instrument
for finding directions on the earth.
It consists of a magnetised pointer
free to align itself accurately with
Earth's magnetic field, which is of
great assistance in navigation. The
cardinal points are north, south, east
and west. A compass can be used in conjunction
with a clock and a sextant to provide
a very accurate navigation capability.
This device greatly improved maritime
trade by making travel safer and more
efficient. The compass was developed
in China more than seventeen hundred
years ago, however the original inventor
remains in dispute; legend has it was
invented by emperor Huang Di.
The first thing you
need to learn, are the directions. North,
South, East and West. Look at the figure
and learn how they are. North is the
most important. There are several kinds
of compasses, one kind to attach to
the map, one kind to attach to your
thumb. The thumb-compass is used mostly
by orienteers who just want to run fast.
A compass can be any
magnetic device using a needle to indicate
the direction of the magnetic north
of a planet's magnetosphere. Any instrument
with a magnetized bar or needle turning
freely upon a pivot and pointing in
a northerly and southerly direction
can be considered a compass. A compass
dial is a small pocket compass with
a sundial. A variation compass is a
specific instrument of a delicate type
of construction. It is used by observing
variations of the needle. A gyrocompass
or astrocompass can also be used to
ascertain True north.
compasses hold a magnetized needle inside
a fluid-filled capsule; the fluid causes
the needle to stop quickly rather than
oscillate back and forth around magnetic
north. Other features common on modern
handheld compasses are a baseplate with
rulings for measuring distances on maps,
a rotating bezel for measuring bearings
of distant objects, and a sighting mirror
that lets the user see both the compass
needle and a distant object at the same
time. Further, some modern compasses
include an inclinometer for measuring
gradients and are adjustable to account
for varying Magnetic declination.
can have two or more magnetic needles
permanently attached to a compass card.
These move freely on a pivot. A lubber
line, which can be a marking on the
compass bowl or a small fixed needle
indicates the ship's heading on the
Clipper L Micro Compass
Hailing from Suunto's Micro series,
the Clipper L micro compass attaches
conveniently to a watch band or
hand strap, making it an invaluable
navigational tool for on-the-go
users. More importantly, the Clipper's
liquid-filled capsule, jewel bearing,
and rotating dial are accurate
and precise whether you're navigating
on city streets or country roads.
The compass even comes with a
luminous bezel for low-light conditions.
Plus, the compass--which measures
a mere 1.2 by 0.94 inches (W x
L)--takes up virtually no space
in your pocket. So go small without
sacrificing accuracy with the
card is divided into thirty-two points
(known as rhumbs), although modern compasses
are marked in degrees rather than cardinal
points. The glass-covered box (or bowl)
contains a suspended gimbal within a
binnacle. This preserves the horizontal
Large ships typically
rely on a gyrocompass rather than a
magnetic compass for navigation, and
increasingly electronic fluxgate compasses
are used on smaller vessels.
Compasses are available
marked in mils - a unit of measurement
commonly used by the military.
Small compasses found
in clocks, cell phones (e.g. the Nokia
5140i) and other electronic gear are
Solid-state electronics usually built
out of two or three magnetic field sensors
that provide data for a microprocessor.
Using Trigonometry the correct heading
relative to the compass is calculated.
Often, the device
is a discrete component which outputs
either a digital or analog signal proportional
to its orientation. This signal is interpreted
by a controller or microprocessor and
used either internally, or sent to a
display unit. An example implementation,
including parts list and circuit schematics,
shows one design of such electronics.
The sensor uses precision magnetics
and highly calibrated internal electronics
to measure the response of the device
to the Earth's magnetic field. The electrical
signal is then processed or digitized.
Because the Earth's
magnetic field varies at different latitudes,
compasses are often balanced during
manufacture. Most manufacturers balance
their compass needles for one of five
zones, ranging from zone 1, covering
most of the Northern Hemisphere, to
zone 5 covering Australia and the southern
oceans. This balancing prevents excessive
dipping of one end of the needle which
can cause the compass card to stick
and give false readings.
Lensatic 360 Compass
Traditionally used by the military
due to its highly accurate bearings
in land navigation, the Silva
Lensatic 360 compass offers a
classic design that will stand
up to your most rigorous hikes
or orienteering outings. It's
protected in a black powder-coated
aluminum housing. The liquid-filled
compass features 2-degree increments,
sighting-slit unit/top cover,
and a quality lens in sighting
arm to magnify dial reading. Luminous
points on rotating bezel aid readings
under low light conditions. It
measures 3.1 by 2.1 by 1 inches
and weighs 3 ounces.
for compass use in "haunted"
locations, and during ghost hunts:
Use only compasses with free-swinging
needles. If the needle tends to get
stuck pointing in one direction, it's
Before you start walking,
line up North so the red part (or point)
of the needle is over the arrow painted
on the compass.
Learn to use the compass
in a not haunted site, first. Your backyard
is a good place, if there are no electrical
wires nearby (underground and overhead,
The first time you
try this, walk in as straight a line
as possible, directly towards North
or towards South.
Expect the needle
to bob and bounce as you walk. This
is normal. However, when you pause,
it will always return to North.
Keep the compass as
flat as possible. If you hold it an
an angle, your reading may not be accurate
and/or the needle may become stuck.
If North seems to
move, pause. Check how you're holding
the compass. North NEVER changes direction!
from magnetic deposits (a metal detector
can help) and from electrical sources,
including power lines. They will "attract"
the compass' needle.
Remember: North NEVER
changes its location. Even a slight
10-degree shift is an anomaly, if you've
eliminated all other influences. Profoundly
haunted sites have shown needle-swings
of up to 90 degrees.
If you think you have
an anomaly, retrace your steps and see
if it repeats. Usually, it will... but
only for awhile.
Nexus Rally Compass
Brunton's rally compass is ready
for the rough road and uneven
terraen ahead. This direct reading,
disk compass can be illuminated
for nighttime navigation and it
mounts on your dashboard for visible
reading. This compass could be
the difference between finding
a ghost and ending up lost.
Check again, another
day. Unfortunately for documentation
purposes, a true haunting usually does
not repeat the compass anomalies in
the same places, day after day. A repeating
"anomaly" is usually the result
of electrical or magnetic interference
with the compass' action.