Brunton 9077 Lensatic Compass

Priced: $14.00 Rated:   - 2 stars out of 5 by 9 reviews.
Brunton 9077 Lensatic Compass
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Brunton 9077 Lensatic Compass -

Built in classic military style, the heavy-duty Brunton 9077 lensatic compass is ideal for sighting and following bearings in the field.



  • Flip-down thumb loop helps stabilize compass for fast, accurate readings


  • Durable metal housing protects a liquid-dampened compass dial; long straight-side design makes it easy to use with a map
  • Flip-up cover with sighting wire and flip-up lens allow you to take bearings accurate to within 5°
  • Luminous points on compass dial aids taking readings at night
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Analog or Digital:Analog
Declination adjustment:No
Declination scale:No
Dimensions:3 x 2.2 x 1.2 inches
Global needle:No
Increments:2 degrees
Luminous points/bezel:Points
Magnifying lens:No
Scale 1:24,000:No
Sighting mirror:No
Weight:3.3 ounces

Brunton 9077 Lensatic Compass Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Once U know how to use it U like it.

It's a military designed compass: you might need some instruction not in the package:[@] Rocks hiking site give you the instructions for use. It is excellent.Just bought it: I was looking for different one at a small REI store. They didn't have what I was looking for. Thought I would try it. I like it so far.I like the idea of being accurate with correct cheek method usage explained n above url. Plus, it has good illuminated dials for dark (I had to shine a small blue-light flashlight on it in the dark, but it illuminates that way for quite awhile.)Good price for a sturdy built piece. You might have some trouble with alignment at first, but if you tilt it until it moves--you get there faster and you are assured it is lined up correctly with North. You can attach a snap-on lanyard to the wire for more security from dropping it.
07com at REI on 06/06/2011

Negative Reviews:

Look/feel of military, but isn't.

I picked this up yesterday and will be returning it. I was thinking I ought to have at least one decent old school compass; I've had no need for one for years with both of my vehicles having an electronic compass and also GPS being built into my smart phone... but what happens if I'm not near a vehicle or it is disabled and my phone's battery goes dead? I think about these things. I was pleasantly surprised to see what appeared to be a sturdily built military style lensatic compass for a surprisingly affordable price, so home with me it went. Unfortunately, other than the appearance and build quality (it is sturdy) it is not the same as a military compass. I've set it on several perfectly horizontal surfaces and got varying readings each time. It seems that the "needle" is simply not magnetized enough or else the fluid with which it is filled is too viscous, as it does seem to try to point in the correct direction, it just stops moving before it settles. Tapping it after the needle has stopped does make it move more towards the correct direction. Even worse, I simply cannot read the scales on the compass through the lens while sighting through the notch, which kind of defeats the purpose of having a lensatic compass. Also, the lume is completely non-luminescent, even after "charging" directly under a lamp for a few minutes.

Lesson learned; if this type of compass is what you want, get a genuine Cammenga (supplier to US military) unit; if you just need a good compass search reviews before buying, but sadly this particular unit is more of a novelty than a useful tool. For my uses (emergency backup) I probably don't need an exact bearing to within a degree or two, but the excessive fiddling around just to get a reliable north indication is unacceptable.
N8N at REI on 11/11/2013

Misleading Appearance

I love good gear, but embarassingly, I'm new to genuine navigation and owning a proper compass. I went for what was familiar - the good old military-style lensatic compass - or so I thought. Construction seems solid, if not quite as robust as its military cousin. However, the compass itself seems content to settle 10 or more degrees off, or to stop 10 degree+ off, and begin to slide toward a measurement which may or may not be accurate - doing so at a pace that rivals death from natural causes. Build-wise, it seems solid, function-wise, it is useless. Very unfortunate. I've already returned it.
vipe650r at REI on 01/01/2012

Bad name for the military!

I have been in the Air Force for almost 3 years now. I bought this compass because it looked like the exact same thing we used in my training. Well to my disappointment "Its NOT." This compass is nothing compared to what I've used in the field with the military. yeah its has the structure, but thats it. It very very very slow to settle, not accurate what so ever. It will point towards my watch if its too close. The glow dots? Well they don't glow that well at all. And its a little heavy.
Airman Korey at REI on 09/09/2010

Ok in a pinch

Bought one a a local outfitter after we lost our suunto the day prior. It's OK for a kid but i wouldn't want to use it regularly. It's your runof th mill compass. No one uses these old lensatic types unless they were a boyscout or in the armed forces. It'll do in a pinch but you'd be better up coughing up the cash for a REAL compass.
شغال at REI on 10/10/2010

Had to bring it back

Product was poorly manufactured. Arrow Sticker on compass was not aligned with the compass arrow showing North.

Precision matters on a compass.

Brought it back to the store and bought a different model.
fjfive at REI on 10/10/2013

Made in China

Poor quality item. Within 2 minutes of use, the lens popped out. Not good. There's no way I would rely on this thing in a pinch.
SBentz at REI on 12/12/2013

Neutral Reviews:

It's not that bad.....

After comparing the readings with 2 different U.S. military issue Lensatic compasses, I found it they matched one exactly, and were slightly off when compared to the other (the 2 different military issue compasses did not agree exactly).

I liked that the housing was metal not plastic. It is liquid filled, so the possibility exists that a bubble will form (and in my experience it can happen with the best of them). It can take some time for the needle to point north, but it did return to north consistently, although it seemed to be finicky about being held very level.

The numbers were easy to read for my older eyes. The glow-in-the-dark cardinal points and direction of travel marks were visible after charging with a flashlight, but to be honest, if it is dark enough to need that function, I would stay put until it was light.

It is made in China, but it seems even the big boys have made the move offshore (the ones that used to be made in the Nordic countries Sweden and Finland). I am still not convinced the quality control is there yet, so am still suspicious of the "Made in China" label and would not rely on one as my primary compass. (I have in the past relied on the made in Sweden, made in Finland compasses.)

I would not use this as a primary compass, but as a backup it would be fine and would recommend it as a backup (I like to carry two when I am serious)
NOYB at REI on 06/06/2011

Good for the price!

For the price this is a pretty good compass. But, it is important to use it correctly.

It is absolutely vital to hold this compass level. If it is not level it will not rotate freely.

If you want more features. Then you will, of course, have to be willing to pay more
Lenny K at REI on 10/10/2013