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User manual: MC-2 Global

Hi,
The manual for the MC2Global has very poor diagrams on the second last page.

http://ns.suunto.com/Manuals/MC-2_Global/Userguides/Suunto_MC-2_Global_instructions_multi.pdf

Can you please update this pdf and/or send me a new link?
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http://ns.suunto.com/Manuals/MC-2_Global/Userguides/SUUNTO_MIRRORCOMPASSES_UG_EN.pdf
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You can visit the link below to download the MC2 Global compass manual:
http://www.suunto.com/gb/en/products/compasses/suunto-mc-2-global#all
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Will my MC-2 compass work in Tanzania?

I live in California. I have a MC-2 compass and I am going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. I believe the declination in Arusha is -0 degrees 10' 54" or as I take it true north and magnetic north are almost exactly the same there. Will my MC-2 work there and do I need to do any special adjustments? Thank you.

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Declination is adjustable on the MC-2 but balancing is not. Kilimanjaro is at the limit of where a Suunto compass balanced for the northern hemisphere will work well. A Suunto compass balanced for the southern hemisphere will work better there as the needle will be more horisontal. Another option is to get yourself a Suunto MC-2 with global needle which will work flawlessly allover the world. Additionally the Suunto global needle is very fast and works even with the compass tilted up to 20 degrees making navigation faster.
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You will not need to make any special adjustments, your MC-2 will function normally in the region you plan to visit.
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Is MC-2 working well?

I bought Sunnto Mc-2 Explorer from Malaysia and I will use it in Singapore. It is made in Finland. Will my MC-2 work accurately in Asia?
I noted that the MC-2 is balanced for the northern or for the southern hemisphere, the balancing zone depends on where the compass was purchased.
Any effect from above issue on my MC-2.
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asked 2 years, 6 months ago
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Your compass is probably balanced for the northern hemisphere based on where you bought it. In this case it will work well allover Asia. There is a good margin in the balancing of Suunto compasses and northern hemisphere compasses will also work far into the southern hemisphere.
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Since your compass was purchased from Malaysia and you will use it in Singapore, you should encounter no issue using it there.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
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How careful do I have to be to preserve the red type on the Suunto MC-2 Global, how does that paint respond to abrasion?

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The paint reacts with the plastic and is not only on the surface. Abrasion will make the surface of the acrylic less transparent and then also wear out the prints as material is removed. Acrylic is sensitive to alcohol so care should be taken to protect the compass from insect repellents and other liquids and aerosols containing alcohol. Chemicals are a much more likely reason for loosing the prints than abrasion. Older variants of the MC-2 had prints that were recessed into the plastic. These had a clearly worse resistance against chemicals but abrasion resistance was at the same level as the more recent surface prints.
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Please accept our apologies for the delayed response.

While the device is robust, in order to protect your Suunto MC-2 Global compass you should purchase the Suunto Nylon Pouch for compasses (link below).

http://www.suunto.com/Products/Comp...

In order to avoid paint abrasion you should avoid storing the compass in wet environments and avoid using chlorine/alcohol based cleaning substances and always store the compass in the nylon pouch.
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How do I use the wrist lock on the lanyard on my MC-2

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asked 1 year, 3 months ago
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Tie the ends of the lanyard together for example using an overhand loop. Then slide the wrist lock away from the knot and put your hand through the loop between the knot and the wrist lock. Adjust the size of the loop so that it fits.
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When you purchase the compass the wrist lock comes attached. You press down the black wrist lock on the middle and then you move it to desired area and let go and it will "lock" itself.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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How can I clean out the compass?

I was hiking in the desert and fine sand has worked its way in between the baseplate and housing. It makes it difficult to shoot an accurate azimuth using the mirror.
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Please use water to rinse. You may have to turn the housing several times under running water to get rid of the sand.
If this does not help you have to disassemble and then rinse. The capsule and bezel can be disassembled from the baseplate by carefully opening the snaps surrounding the capsule. Please take a few pictures in advance so that all pieces find their right place afterwards in the right orientation. The declination correction screw is small and unique so do not loose it. The declination disc can be assembled also upside down but should be assembled as it was so please study in advance on which side the prints are. Do not disassemble if you are unsure you will be able to reassemble.
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You can contact an authorized Suunto compass dealer to have it cleaned out or you can contact us directly at suunto.com/Support so we can further assist you in this matter
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
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How do i set the declination for Seattle?

Do i set the compass to 17 degrees or 343 degrees? My declination is 17 degrees east.
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Turn compass over and adjust, by turning the small screw, the declination correction until the index points to 17 degrees east on the combined declination correction/inclination scale.
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For East Declination CW. West Declination CCW. So yeah, if you are trying to set your compass to point to True North, where declination is 17˚E, you would turn the compass bezel CW by 17˚ to 343˚(360˚ - 17˚). One way to remember it is look at your declination diagram. If the arrows are hands on a clock which way would the true north arrow move to be aligned with the magnetic north arrow? CW if East and CCW if West. Your map will turn in the opposite direction when oriented to true north. iow - if you first orient the map to magnetic north, then you set 343˚ on the compass to orient the map to true north. The map will turn 17˚ CCW. For a memory aid I created this acronym WAvES, West Add v East Subtract. This applies when going from map to compass. If going from compass to map do the opposite math function.
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Can you clear up some confusion?

I have a Suunto MC2-DL. I am trying to learn how to use it with a topo map. I have noticed that when I make an adjustment to set the declination for my area, the orienting arrow moves but the lines of alignment do not. Is that an issue with my particular compass? I ask the question because everything I've been told (or seen on Youtube) about plotting a course on a map says to set your declination and then line up those little alignment lines with the longitudinal lines on the map. With those lines in place, then put the needle in the dog house and find your bearing. Am I explaining that correctly?
If this compass doesn't work that way, I have to ask, why are those lines on the compass?
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The declination correction works correctly. The orienting lines line up with the meridian lines of the map pointing towards true north while the orienting arrow after setting up the declination correction correctly points to magnetic north when the meridian lines and orienting lines are aligned. As the needle also points to magnetic north boxing the needle will now include the declination correction.
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Using MC-2

Is there any instruction manual showing how to use the MC-2? Thanks
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Look at the model of interest, click the support tab. Find the language you want in the drop down list under Manual. Maybe this one will work for you.
http://ns.suunto.com/Manuals/MC-2/Userguides/SUUNTO_MIRRORCOMPASSES_UG_EN.pdf
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The compass is normally sold together with the user manual. You can also use the MC-2 Global manual, it can be found at the URL below:
http://www.suunto.com/global/en/products/Fieldcompasses/suunto-mc-2-global#all
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Where are the cleaning instructions? How do I clean my compass and with what when it becomes soiled, dust, dirt, etc. ?

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Please use only fresh water and mild soap for cleaning. We also advise you to clean your compass regularly.
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My compass no longer points north, do you suggest I send it in or can I make the repair myself?

The compass' polarity has switched due to some sort of magnetic field interference. There are numerous discussions on the web talking about how you can reverse and strengthen the polarity of your compass needle using a strong magnet. Does Suunto recommend that the compass be sent into a dealer for repair or can an individual repair the needle using a strong magnet to the same kind of quality that a dealer can do? Thank you.
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We recommend you to contact a local dealer to have the compass calibrated.

You can find the closest one here : http://www.suunto.com/Dealer-Locator/
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How do i use the MC2 Explorer here in Australia?

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asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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There are two versions of the MC-2 compass. The MC-2 is balanced for the northern or for the southern hemisphere, the balancing zone depends on where the compass was purchased. If you use a compass that is balanced for the northern hemisphere in Australia, unfortunately it will not work. The other version of the compass is the MC-2 global, it has a global needle and it works everywhere.
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There is an air bubble in my MC-2 Global Pro Compass. This bubble causes the needle to move off of magnetic North, thus preventing accurate readings.

There is an air bubble in my MC-2 Global Pro Compass. This bubble causes the needle to move off of magnetic North, thus preventing accurate readings.

Is it possible that a repair can be made, or is the only solution a replacement?

Is this a valid warranty issue?

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