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Here we go again. Compass going apeshit.

 
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Here we go again. Compass going apeshit.
My compass is going crazy again, any birds down already?
you are being tested....
remain calm...
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01/09/2011 05:39 PM
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my bird just hit the sack
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01/09/2011 05:40 PM
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I just flushed the goldfish
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get a better compass
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My compass is going crazy again, any birds down already?
 Quoting: The Reporter



My compass is just fine..how strange...

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01/09/2011 05:49 PM
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Re: Here we go again. Compass going apeshit.
Mine is off by 5 degrees.
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01/09/2011 05:53 PM
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Magnetic north is NOT perfectly straight up like on a map. There is something called "declination"- which is the difference between the two. I think it is normally something like a 17 degree difference. Plus, lots of compasses are cheap garbage which are inaccurate by a few degress already. Combine those two things and this is why plenty of hikers get lost every year and conspiracy nuts cry foul.

When airplanes and ships start going off course then I will worry.
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01/09/2011 05:57 PM

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Re: Here we go again. Compass going apeshit.
But it's not normal to go from left to right around the north and it goes between 5 degrees left off north and 7 to the right in about seconds.
I noticed this in iphone but maybe it's a bug so walked upstairs to get the old good army thing and it does the same inside and outside the house.
you are being tested....
remain calm...
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Re: Here we go again. Compass going apeshit.
Magnetic north is NOT perfectly straight up like on a map. There is something called "declination"- which is the difference between the two. I think it is normally something like a 17 degree difference. Plus, lots of compasses are cheap garbage which are inaccurate by a few degress already. Combine those two things and this is why plenty of hikers get lost every year and conspiracy nuts cry foul.

When airplanes and ships start going off course then I will worry.
 Quoting: Avner William 1223935

they already recalculated from tampa and that is just what they told us about. miss that story?

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01/09/2011 06:01 PM
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I've had some bad diarrhea
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Re: Here we go again. Compass going apeshit.
Magnetic north is NOT perfectly straight up like on a map. There is something called "declination"- which is the difference between the two. I think it is normally something like a 17 degree difference. Plus, lots of compasses are cheap garbage which are inaccurate by a few degress already. Combine those two things and this is why plenty of hikers get lost every year and conspiracy nuts cry foul.

When airplanes and ships start going off course then I will worry.
 Quoting: Avner William 1223935


You must not follow the news much.

Magnetic North Pole Shifts, Forces Runway Closures at Florida Airport
[link to www.foxnews.com]

Thanks to the fluctuations in the force, the airport has closed its primary runway until Jan. 13 to change taxiway signs to account for the shift, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The poles are generated by movements within the Earth's inner and outer cores, though the exact process isn't exactly understood. They're also constantly in flux, moving a few degrees every year, but the changes are almost never of such a magnitude that runways require adjusting, said Paul Takemoto, a spokesman for the FAA.

The magnetic fields vary from place to place. Adjustments are needed now at airports in Tampa, but they aren't immediately required at all airports across the country.

So just how often is something like this necessary? "It happens so infrequently that they wouldn't venture a guess," Takemoto told FoxNews.com. "In fact, you're the first journalist to ever ask me about it."
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The magnetic declination does not remain constant in time. Complex fluid currents of the elements iron, nickel, and cobalt flow in the outer core of the earth (the molten metallic region lies from 2800 to 5000 km below the earth's surface) generating a magnetic field. The poles of this field do not coincide with the unchanging true north and south — the axis of rotation of the earth. The change in the magnetic fields is known as secular variation.

Local anomalies originating in the upper mantle, crust, or surface, cause further distortions. Ferromagnetic ore deposits; geological features, particularly of volcanic origin, such as faults and lava beds; topographical features such as ridges, trenches, seamounts, and mountains; ground that has been hit by lightning; cultural features such as power lines, pipes, rails and building; personal (ferrous) man-made items such as a stove, steel watch, or even your belt buckle, frequently induce an error of three to four degrees. If you think there are iron deposits in your area, you will want to check with a local surveyor to make sure you are pretty close on the magnetic declination.
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01/09/2011 06:09 PM
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CERN targeting
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Re: Here we go again. Compass going apeshit.
Magnetic north is NOT perfectly straight up like on a map. There is something called "declination"- which is the difference between the two. I think it is normally something like a 17 degree difference. Plus, lots of compasses are cheap garbage which are inaccurate by a few degress already. Combine those two things and this is why plenty of hikers get lost every year and conspiracy nuts cry foul.

When airplanes and ships start going off course then I will worry.
 Quoting: Avner William 1223935




learn to use a compasss people

[link to www.magnetic-declination.com]
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CERN targeting
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Yeah, that CERN...got to be evil.