Compass & Pacing. Instructional Materials Service Texas A&M University - 8987E -. Compass & Pacing. Baseplate Compass Engineer’s Lensatic Compass Pacing Compass Use. Baseplate Compass. There are several grades and types of compasses. A good baseplate compass will have a:
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There are several grades and types of
compasses. A good baseplate compass will
Compass housingBaseplate Compass
Slot for lanyard
Two methods of pacing:
Pace Equals Two Steps
Determining an accurate pace:
Steps Traveled in 100 Feet
In this example, 40 steps = 1 pace
Distance from point A to point B = (160) steps
Pace = (40) steps
Divide (160) distance from A to B by (40) steps
160 ÷ 40 = 4
Multiply 4 by (100) distance used to find pace
4 x 100 = 400
Distance to target is 400 feet
Calculate the number steps to travel a
distance of 185 feet.
185 ÷ 100 = 1.85
Remember: 40 steps = 1 pace
1.85 x 40 = 74
It will take 74 steps to travel 185 feet.
Example: To find the direction-of-travel based on a compass reading of 210 feet at 320° from a specific location:
Needle in the North Alignment Position
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