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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-16-2010, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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I have an old Magellan(15yrs) that is accurate to within 30ft. I've been told the new models are accurate to within 1-2 ft. Does anyone know about this, and which models are the most accurate.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-16-2010, 12:07 PM
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Accuracy hasn't improved that much in affordable handheld units. To even get to a 5 foot accuracy you're looking in the $800+ range. The garmin 60csx advertises a 3 meter accuracy when recieving WAAS correction signals. They seem like nice units, but at $360 or so, they're still pricey for most users. I work with GPS on a daily basis (surveying) and the submeter accuracy mapping units we use run about $8,000.
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Re: GPS question

The GPS systems we used for surveying and connecting to our dozers 5 years ago were running in excess of a million for the system, which included a $5K notebook pc with wireless capabilities. In any event, a standard hand held unit like my slightly outdated Garmin Summit HC is more than capable for my hunting needs. It gets me within a foot or two of most of my waypoints, the only negative is the cloud cover/foliage cover, but still it works as good as the million dollar system my company uses.

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Re: GPS question

Thanks for the info
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The GPS systems we used for surveying and connecting to our dozers 5 years ago were running in excess of a million for the system, which included a $5K notebook pc with wireless capabilities. In any event, a standard hand held unit like my slightly outdated Garmin Summit HC is more than capable for my hunting needs. It gets me within a foot or two of most of my waypoints, the only negative is the cloud cover/foliage cover, but still it works as good as the million dollar system my company uses.
Cloud cover shouldn't have any effect on a gps.

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It does in extreme weather. Had it happen once the last day of the season one year. Bad storm came up and couldn't get a reading.

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I use an etrex vista HCx, for work and hunting, the HCx designation is important, because it has a better reciever for getting signal under canopy cover, it has a color screen, expandable memory, and you can load the topo maps onto the unit, it has alot of funtion and features, it will take time and use to reach the full potential of use, cabela's list a bundle(unit, topo dvd, 128 MB micro sd card(i use a 2G card) and carry case) price of $349.99

Drawback of this unit is the small screen.

http://www.gpsinformation.org/penrod.../vistahcx.html

another unit with simialar features and a bigger display screen is the:

Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx

http://www.gpsinformation.org/penrod/g60csx/60csx.html

Accuracy of both is hand grenade close.
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I wonder if outdoorpersons really use their GPS for things.
We use it to find our way out of the woods..
However if your a Shroomer...Since many of the edible shrooms come up in the same place year after year after year. You could take a locatiion reading for example of where you found those expensive Golden Chanterelle..Save it to the memory. Now if you found them last July 18 2010. You go back to the spot on your saved GPS unit on July 18 2011. It's going to take you right to those Golden Chanterelles..


Same for fishing holes when your in your boat...If you stumble on the old stream bed.. Take a reading and you can go back to it time after time after time..


Me? I have a Magellen for the woods and a TOMTOM for the car...15 feet in the woods is only 4 + yards. Unless you have buried treasure out there in a Mason jar?.. 15 feet off is still good for shrooms, tree stands, and old stream bottom locations..
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My old Garmin E-trex Legend has a few hundred waypoints stored. I can find any of them any time I try. I mark all the SFL corners i find holding the GPS over the rock cairn. I've never had any problem finding them again. Following a old road thru the woods, the track is accurate enough that zoomed all the way in I can tell when I'm walking in the other rut on my way out...close enough for me!

The newer 60csx are much better at keeping a lock, some have reported getting a lock while still inside the house! I have changed how I carry it in order to keep the antenna pointed up. I have a case w/ a belt clip and I clip it on my shirt collar, bib suspender, etc. and it keeps locked or quickly re-locks in most situations

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I use a Delorme PN-20 almost every day I'm in the field.
I am always adding waypoints and pieces of info to the maps I have made using Delorme's Topo software. Plus, with a GPS in my pocket, I never worry about following tracks and new trails out of my usual area. Never lost, can always get back to the truck.
I print out the maps so the guys in camp with a GPS can use a compass and some common sense and know where things are.

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