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Which Compass?

Discussion in 'Diving Into New Gear' started by Wathdoc, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. Wathdoc

    Wathdoc Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: uk
    My good old Suunto compass has finally had its day after nearly 2000 dives. I do have a compass on my Eon core computer but still want a bungee mounted replacement as I do not always use the core. I could just get another Suunto, but I am curious as to others views. My diving is all UK, no longer any tec but I do need it to be readable and reliable as compass use can be very important on some dives. Thank you for comments.
  2. Jonn

    Jonn Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Alberta
    Does the Eon Core compass work well? Some computer compasses work well, some don’t. If yours does why not just use it when you need one, even if just for that single purpose?
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  3. Wathdoc

    Wathdoc Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: uk
    John it does work well, and you are quite right re just using it for that. In fact I had not considered that. The only problem with the core is that in bright sunlight in shallow water its display is not clear. However, in deeper dark conditions it is simply excellent. Again thank you.
  4. yle

    yle Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California
    I dont have a suggestion for a different brand of compass. I bought my Suunto SK7 compass in 2008 and it has been with me on nearly every dive since (about 1000 by now.) It still spins like it's almost new. If you had the same one, I guess I can expect about another 1000 dives from it.

    If I have anything to add to the conversation, it would be that it seems your 2000 dives with your Suunto compass was pretty typical. I used the same compass for four years with the rental gear from the shop I was teaching at. They were treated like rental gear and still never gave up.

    Suunto has its share of critics, but I'm a believer.
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  5. napDiver

    napDiver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: California
    @Wathdoc Is the brightest set to? Is it default? If you set to highest, I don't have an issue to see it if its to bright out. On default and low, it isn't bright enough to show in the sun.
  6. JohnN

    JohnN ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Oar--eee---gun
    My SK7 Died (came off the spindle) after 300 or so dives. I have a SK8 in a DSS housing, but but my Perdix is easier to read and use
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  7. Julius SCHMIDT

    Julius SCHMIDT Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Alexandra Headland
    I wouldn't have a clue how to use a perdix compass

    This is more my style

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