Orientation methods. Orientation with a watch.

Date: 09/12/2023 Author: Antonio H.

Orientation methods. Orientation by watch.

First of all, it is essential that the watch is on solar time or that we carry out the process by mentally setting the hour hand to the corresponding solar time. The official time will depend on the country and the season of the year and usually varies by one or two hours from solar time.

This method is not applicable in the area between the tropics as the result will vary according to the time of year and at certain times the position of the sun will be practically vertical, casting no shadows. Something similar occurs in summer in the central hours of the day and the closer to the tropics.Si nos encontramos en el hemisferio norte, procederemos de la siguiente forma: mantendremos el reloj en posición horizontal, apuntaremos al sol con la aguja horaria. A continuación imaginaremos una línea que pasa por las 12 y las 6. La bisectriz del ángulo que forma la aguja horaria con esa línea 12-6 indicará el sur. Recordar que la bisectriz de un ángulo es la línea que divide ese ángulo en dos partes iguales.

In the opposite direction you will find the north. To find the east and west we will position ourselves facing north, to our right will be the east and to our left the west.

Orientacion con reloj hemisferio norte

If we are in the southern hemisphere, we should point to the sun with the number 12, instead of the hour hand, and in this case the bisector of the angle formed by the line 12-6 with the hour hand will mark the north.

South will be in the opposite direction.

Orientacion con reloj hemisferio sur


If you don't have a clock with hands but you know the time, you can always draw it on a piece of paper, on the ground or using twigs.

Orientacion con papel hemisferio norte



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