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Celestron TrekGuide Digital Compass (Yellow)

You Pay: $27.95
Product Highlights
  • Altitude, Barometer, Weather Forecast
  • Temperature, Time, Calendar, Alarm
  • Digital Compass - Headings and Degrees
  • Backlight

DescriptionThe TrekGuide Digital Compass (Yellow) from Celestron provides degrees, a north pointing arrow and cardinal point readings. The compass has a range of 0° To 359° with 1-16 graphical pointers. There is even a magnetic declination angle adjustable for regions with magnetic variation. The built-in altimeter measures the altitude in either meters or feet; your choice. The Barometer measures the (air) pressure and sea level in mbar/hpPa, mmHG or inHG; again your choice. There are sunny, slightly cloudy, cloudy and rainy icons for the weather forecast. Current time and date, an alarm clock, a built in thermometer with either Celsius or Fahrenheit scales, a backlight, and a bubble level make this compass a multi-purpose tool that you won't want to be without on the hiking trail or hunting. It comes with a lanyard and 2 included CR2032 lithium batteries.

  • Digital Compass function provides degree, north pointing arrow and cardinal point readings
  • Compass Range of 0° To 359° with 1-16 graphical pointers
  • Adjustable magnetic declination angle for regions with magnetic variation
  • Built-in altimeter measures altitude in either meters or feet
  • Barometer (air) pressure and sea level pressure measurement available in mbar/hpPa, mmHG or inHG
  • Weather forecast icons: sunny, slightly cloudy, cloudy and rainy so you'll know what the weathers going to be
  • Time and Date, Alarm Clock to make sure that you won't oversleep on the trail and miss that important Monday morning meeting at the office
  • Temperature reading in °Celsius or °Fahrenheit
  • Backlight for reading in low light. Bubble level to keep you straight
  • Water resistant
Temperature Range -20 to 60° C / -4° to 140° F
Altitude -1312 to 29,528' / -400 to 9000 m
Barometric Range 900 to 1100 mbar/hPa, 675 to 825 mmHG, and 26.58 to 32.48 inHG
Power Supply 2 CR2032 lithium batteries
Dimensions 2.1 x 4.1 x 0.6" / 53.3 x 104.1 x 15.2 mm
Weight 2.5 oz / 70.9 g
Celestron TrekGuide Digital Compass (Yellow)
  • Lanyard
  • 2 x CR2032 Lithium Batteries
  • Celestron Accessories Two Year Limited Warranty
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    CelestronTrekGuide Digital Compass (Black)
     
    3.3

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (5)

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      (1)

    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Useful and a good reality check to GPS's

      GPS's are so wonderful people forget their limitations and the need for backup navigation tools, the TrekGuide Digital Compass is a good electronic tool kit to help you better relate to the facts on...Read complete review

      GPS's are so wonderful people forget their limitations and the need for backup navigation tools, the TrekGuide Digital Compass is a good electronic tool kit to help you better relate to the facts on the ground.

      While it is nice to know where you are, not paying attention to the temperature and weather gets people killed. The thermometer and atmospheric pressure measurement provided by the TrekGuide Digital Compass are life saving features not common in GPS's and certainly much less expensive in this product than in "all-in-one" GPS wonder toys.

      I've watched people fool themselves into hypothermia because they didn't think it was possible in the month of August. This digital multi-tool can provide you with a fuller picture of the overall conditions of your situation. There are real problems with "GPS-lock" where you focus on one indicator and stop paying attention to your surroundings. This happens because the quality of the one piece of information provided by the GPS is so reassuring that you forget to check other sources of important information. The TrekGuide Digital Compass provides comparable data quality and can help you break a gadget-head out of "GPS-lock".

      The product is reasonably sturdy and appears good enough for non-expedition outdoor work. I am not in love with the 2032 batteries that fuel this device, but the weight and bulk savings are probably worth carrying a jewelers screwdriver and spare batteries instead of fitting this with AAA batteries. If you are not comfortable in the outdoors, you probably want to get this device in red or yellow because it will be easier for you to locate. The lanyard is too complicated and lightweight for serious work outdoors, but you can unclip it, loop each part separately to the handle, and then run a carabiner through both loops. Or you can loop the large part through the handle, unclip the thread-weight loop and throw it away instead of losing it. Or you can do what the real people do and run some accessory cord through the handle and give the lanyard to your nephew for the toy it is.

      I would cover the sides and back of this with athletic tape if I was going to use it more than a few hours a year. Not ruggedizing the product probably makes sense for the serious pack-weight fanatics.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Returned Mine

      Purchased just before a 17 day/221 mile hike on the John Muir Trail.

      On day three it started to sporadically reset itself. Date, metric/english, alarm and altimeter settings...Read complete review

      Purchased just before a 17 day/221 mile hike on the John Muir Trail.

      On day three it started to sporadically reset itself. Date, metric/english, alarm and altimeter settings would all have to be reestablished. Later on in the trip the altimeter would be grossly inaccurate after an elevation change of less than 1000 ft.

      B&H exchanged it with a new one despite being outside the return window. I have concerns that the new device will also have issues.

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      3.0

      Digital compass

      By Go Pro

      from Milwaukee

      Comments about TrekGuide Digital Compass (Black):

      The backlight feature is very convenient. This Digital compass was very difficult to set up. I had to call Celestron support for more detail information. The compass should have been designed with an on and off button to conserve batteries. Overall, this device is okay.

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      2.0

      toy compass

      By crabber

      from alaska

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Back Yard

          Comments about TrekGuide Digital Compass (Black):

          its a fine unit for a backup and camp info. would not trust my life to it!!

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          2.0

          Returned Mine

          By Hiker John

          from Snoqualmie, WA

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Price

          Cons

          • UNRELIABLE

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking

          Comments about TrekGuide Digital Compass (Black):

          Purchased just before a 17 day/221 mile hike on the John Muir Trail.

          On day three it started to sporadically reset itself. Date, metric/english, alarm and altimeter settings would all have to be reestablished. Later on in the trip the altimeter would be grossly inaccurate after an elevation change of less than 1000 ft.

          B&H exchanged it with a new one despite being outside the return window. I have concerns that the new device will also have issues.

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          5.0

          Low Cost Hiker's Instrument

          By Don P

          from San Ramon CA

          Comments about TrekGuide Digital Compass (Yellow):

          For $[$], this is a nice lightweight, hang around your neck instrument that does more than your smartphone. It's an altimeter with a maximum reading memory; a magnetic compass; a barometer with rudimentary weather predictor; a thermometer; and an alarm clock with calendar, and an easy to use LCD display with night lighting. Runs (probably forever) on a couple2032 coin batteries. Would make a good stocking stuffer!

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          3.0

          Not bad

          By Jun

          from Olathe, Kansas

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use

          Cons

          • Not Easy For Installing B

          Best Uses

          • Walkway

          Comments about TrekGuide Digital Compass (Yellow):

          I bought it for determining the N direction for my night photography. Easy to use, but not easy to installing or changing battery.

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          1.0

          Price point tells it all

          By crhall41

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Difficult to Use
          • Inaccurate
          • Unreliable
          • Unstable

          Best Uses

            Comments about TrekGuide Digital Compass (Yellow):

            This device is wildly inaccurate on altitude and barometric pressure. I did not trust the readings at all when on my recent hiking trip other than possibly the compass, but even then the readings were not precise on multiple readings compared to an aligned topo map. If accuracy and reliability is what you need then spend the money to get a better product.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            TrekGuide performs well

            By Huels the Cicincinnati Prepper

            from Cincinnati, Ohio

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about TrekGuide Digital Compass (Black):

                I originally seen this product advertised in a sports gear catalog,not mentioning it as noted, but the other Cestron was only available in Orange.After de-packaging it, I installed the 2 batteries included and Shazzam it works, and evening with backlit display. I believe in redundancy, so is backup to an Analog compass. both pointed north Accurately and at a reasonable price,. Im satisfied.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good product for the money.

                By Deano

                from Holt MI

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Compact
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Hiking/Backpacking
                  • Low Visibility
                  • Travel

                  Comments about TrekGuide Digital Compass (Black):

                  I have weather related migraine headaches, so I mainly bought this to get a head's up when I might get a migraine and take my meds right away. So far so good. The other features are nice bonuses: time, alarm, compass. I don't use the altimeter, so no opinion there. Setup was pretty easy, read carefully.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Love the features!

                  By Kay the Mountain lover

                  from AK, FL & VA

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Optics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about TrekGuide Digital Compass (Yellow):

                      Sharp looking, easy to understand how to use, and compact size is great for when hiking. Could NOT find sufficient instructions with it or online to set up some of the initial settings such as how to find my current altitude or barometric pressure. Not sure how to hook up the lanyard either with the snap device provided (with no instructions either). The little guide said to look online, but the online version had nothing more than it did. Will take on my next trip and see just how accurate the compass is as well as the altimeter.

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                      • No

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                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Useful and a good reality check to GPS's

                      By Patrick Lasswell

                      from Portland, Oregon

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • A lot of data cheap
                      • Data presentation strong
                      • Inexpensive
                      • Reality Check for GPS

                      Cons

                      • Batteries not field grade
                      • Lanyard pretty silly

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy
                      • Light hiking
                      • Travel

                      Comments about TrekGuide Digital Compass (Black):

                      GPS's are so wonderful people forget their limitations and the need for backup navigation tools, the TrekGuide Digital Compass is a good electronic tool kit to help you better relate to the facts on the ground.

                      While it is nice to know where you are, not paying attention to the temperature and weather gets people killed. The thermometer and atmospheric pressure measurement provided by the TrekGuide Digital Compass are life saving features not common in GPS's and certainly much less expensive in this product than in "all-in-one" GPS wonder toys.

                      I've watched people fool themselves into hypothermia because they didn't think it was possible in the month of August. This digital multi-tool can provide you with a fuller picture of the overall conditions of your situation. There are real problems with "GPS-lock" where you focus on one indicator and stop paying attention to your surroundings. This happens because the quality of the one piece of information provided by the GPS is so reassuring that you forget to check other sources of important information. The TrekGuide Digital Compass provides comparable data quality and can help you break a gadget-head out of "GPS-lock".

                      The product is reasonably sturdy and appears good enough for non-expedition outdoor work. I am not in love with the 2032 batteries that fuel this device, but the weight and bulk savings are probably worth carrying a jewelers screwdriver and spare batteries instead of fitting this with AAA batteries. If you are not comfortable in the outdoors, you probably want to get this device in red or yellow because it will be easier for you to locate. The lanyard is too complicated and lightweight for serious work outdoors, but you can unclip it, loop each part separately to the handle, and then run a carabiner through both loops. Or you can loop the large part through the handle, unclip the thread-weight loop and throw it away instead of losing it. Or you can do what the real people do and run some accessory cord through the handle and give the lanyard to your nephew for the toy it is.

                      I would cover the sides and back of this with athletic tape if I was going to use it more than a few hours a year. Not ruggedizing the product probably makes sense for the serious pack-weight fanatics.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Very nice product

                      By Big Al

                      from Just west of Chicago

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good backlighting
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Sensitive to horz tilt

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor activities
                      • Travel

                      Comments about TrekGuide Digital Compass (Black):

                      This is a very nice instrument and it seems accurate. However, it does seem very sensitive to horizontal positioning; just a couple of degrees tilt will change the compass reading several degrees. I was going to try mounting it on my motorcycle, but with its sensitivity that won't work. Guess I'll just stick to using it for hiking.

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