I use a compass for aligning the dish and other microwave aerials, for a long while I used my trusty old Silva compass, which I’d had for over 40 years I think.
Finally it broke, I can’t quite remember, I think it was one of the clips that held the bezel failed.
I tried a few of the usual ones from Mountain Warehouse etc and found them all to be poor quality.
I finally bought a Silva Ranger S as I wanted a sighting compass ideally. The first time out the silvered surface of the mirror started to tarnish and I found that there was a problem with the repeatability of the reading, but I kept going with it.
Then I dropped it, the hinged mirror snapped off. Finally I dropped it again and the damping oil leaked out.
My previous Silva must have been dropped hundreds of times. I feel the quality is not there any more.
I took a trip to Ambleside this week hoping to pick up a replacement, but the only brand stocked in the whole town is Silva.
So what other sighting compass’s are around? I’m considering doing an eBay search for an old WWII army compass at the moment.
I’ve had a Suunto Vector watch for over 20 years and still use it on all my SOTA activators (displays UTC which is useful as I’m a paper logger) and believe the company to be reputable and the producer of good if not expensive products.
I also have the MC-2-G which I bought in California and beyond being Suunto liked the ability to adjust it for use across the US and UK/EU.