A gyrocompass and a magnetic compass are navigation tools used in the maritime industry.
A gyrocompass relies on the Earth’s rotation and maintains a true north reference, providing accurate navigation even in motion.
The gyrocompass is used to provide accurate direction by aligning itself with the Earth’s rotational axis.
A magnetic compass uses the Earth’s magnetic field to determine direction but can be influenced by local magnetic anomalies.
Function of Magnetic Compass:
The key difference lies in their operational principles, with gyrocompasses offering superior stability and accuracy, especially in dynamic maritime conditions, while magnetic compasses are simpler but susceptible to magnetic interference.