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Orienting a Map

To orient a map, take the map and lay it on a flat surface, away from and magnetic substance like the hood of a car. Now take your compass and turn the compass housing until it says 360° or N for north. Look on the bottom of the map; next to the scale (the distance chart) and you will find a thin V, it may be a weird looking W. On one side of the V or W, it will say magnetic north (MN), and on the other side, it will say true north(most often just a star *). Put the edge of your compass on the side with magnetic north (MN). Now, without moving the compass off the magnetic north line, turn the map until the red needle in the compass points to the N on the compass. Congratulations!!! You have just oriented a map!

The Declination V


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