Brunton 8096 GPS Eclipse
Pros: Mechanically accurate, lightweight, affordable. Lots of map scales. One of the few compasses with a 1:24K right-angle romer scale for use with USGS topo maps, making it ideal to plot one's position when traveling in the U.S., especially when using GPS. One-degree compass markings, adjustable declination.
Cons: Baseplate markings wear off with use. The 8096's degree markings are printed on cardboard, and the circle-on-circle indicators are NOT luminous, so the compass is entirely unreadable in low light (a flashlight is a must). The direction-of-travel arrow is TINY and difficult to precisely align with a small landmark to take a precise compass bearing from the waist. While the 8096 may be GPS friendly, it is NOT really MAP friendly in my opinion. Its curved shape loses you the valuable upper straightedge normally most used to trace routes on the map, and the large 'circle-of-error' position marking holes just waste space. The declination adjustment is weird and rotates the compass dial in relation to the capsule, so that the compass cannot be properly used as map protractor unless reset each time back to zero, then reset again when used to take field bearings (forget to reset the declination just one time, and all your field bearings are going to be off). Also, there are no orienting lines on base of capsule, just a couple of tiny red lines on the compass dial, which makes it rather difficult to align the compass with map north.
Price Paid: $20
Excellent compass to use with map and GPS. Adjustable declination and large baseplate make for easy use in conjunction with a map. Brunton's 'Circle on circle' north orienting system is fast and easy to use. Designed to be used with a GPS in order to plot position (either UTM or lat/long) on a topo map, the 8096 is excellent for this purpose. One of the few compasses with a 1:24,000 scale for use with standard U.S. topos.
Negatives are that it does not possess sights for precision sighting to landmarks, and the 8096's scale/degree measurements are not engraved into the baseplate but only printed on, these wear off with use.
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Brunton's 8096 is popular among fast-packers and quick navigators. The patented circle-over-circle system gives this compass Eclipse status, and the UTM roamer scales take this tool to the next level. This compass includes a latitude, longitude and UTM template for those critical details. The 8096 is the perfect back-up compass for GPS users in particular.
Built specifically for adventure racers, the Brunton Eclipse Adventure Racing Compass is an ideal companion for a GPS. Featuring the easy to use circle-over-circle system and UTM roamer scales, the Eclipse is built for accuracy. With an extra-thick base plate for reliable durability and latitude, longitude and UTM template for those critical details, take the Brunton Eclipse Adventure Racing Compass on your next adventure.
- Altrec Outdoors
Features 'circle over circle' alignment system. Magnified readout with 1? graduations. Declination adjustable, UTM roamer scales with confidence circles. Reversible inch/mm slide scale and wrist lanyard. Included Latitude, Longitude, and UTM Template. Six-inch and millimeter reversible slide scales, five-100 meter confidence scales, and six-latitude-longitude scales. Size: 5.25 in. x 2.75 in. x .44 in. Weight: 1.7 oz.
CLOSEOUTS . Brunton's GPS Eclipse Compass has GPS markings for unmatched navigation Circle-over-circle alignment system Tool-free declination adjustment Magnified readout, map and reversible inch/mm slide scale Latitude/Longitude and UTM template Size: 5-1/8x2- x3/16 Weight: 1.6 oz. Material: Composite CLOSEOUTS . USA. Also Available: #98636 (Atlas CD Set) and #98635 (Atlas GPS)
- Sierra Trading Post