Chris on September 7th, 2009

I use the words azimuth and bearing a lot.  I also hear people using them interchangeably quite often.  However, there is a difference. Azimuth When we use a compass to determine a direction, we are technically talking about an azimuth.  We use a reference of North as 0 and measure our direction using degrees clockwise […]

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When traveling in areas that do not have clearly visible landmarks, it can be very difficult to travel by normal navigational means.  Clearly, the GPS is ideal for these situations.  However, you should always have a backup method in case your GPS fails.  You will need to use dead reckoning.  You know where you are […]

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How A back azimuth is very easy to calculate in degrees.  First, shoot your azimuth.  Then, calculate according to the following rules: IF YOUR AZIMUTH IS Less than 180 degrees, then add 180 degrees to get your back azimuth Greater than 180 degrees, then subtract 180 degrees to get your back azimuth Exactly 180 degrees, […]

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