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Magellan 710 - finding geocaches
July 30, 2012
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phild31
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Tuena

There's a lot of options with these units, it will take some time to find the set-up that works best for you.
Just be patient when you get close to a geocache and remember that all handheld units have an accuracy of 4 to 5 meters (16 feet) at best.
That means your target could be anywhere in a 10 meter circle.

But the 710 is good at getting you pretty close.

A word of warning though, carry spare batteries, these things use up batteries fairly quickly.

Any questions or problems you have just post them on this forum, there are quite a few people here that will help.

Phil

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July 30, 2012
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Thanks Phild31 for those tips - I shall turn the smart arrow back on & look more closely!

July 30, 2012
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Thanks Graham

I had downloaded that manual plus found a review by a fellow in the UK which was helpful. Its probably just a matter of understanding all the terms eg Position Destination Line & experimentation.

July 29, 2012
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The arrow on the screen is your position, the little green flag is where you were when you pressed 'Go To'.
Under settings go to 'Map Options', in 'Orientation' set it for 'Track Up', that will keep the arrow pointing in the direction you are moving and spin the map.
I also like the smart arrow set on, it will change color - green when you are heading towards the target, red when away.

On 'Map Fields' I like it set with two fields, distance to end and accuracy.

Zoom in & out on the map to keep the target on the map then zoom for whatever detail you want on the map.

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July 29, 2012
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Hello Tuena,

The blue line is the Position Destination Line and you will find it useful. But if you wish to turn it off go to Setting then Map Options then Position Destination Line and turn it off.

Again I would suggest you download the manual which will help your with the different setting in the 710.
http://support.magellangps.com.....av=0,18,24

Graham

July 29, 2012
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Attempted to locate my first geocache today in the bush (forest) but couldn't really understand the navigation method presented. Selected the geocache & was taken to the map screen. I then had to follow a blue line to GZ but it took me to two separate locations 30 metres apart & indicated via vibration when I was 6 metres away from each. The distance away from GZ seemed to stall at 10 metres so I would just walk around until the distance away started to count down again.

This blue line acted a bit like a windscreen wiper which made following it difficult.

There was a green flag or like which I assumed was my position. The arrow on the screen never moved always pointing in one direction (towards the top of the screen). With me wandering all over the place my tracks started to confuse the whole screen but did clear them.

I'd rather just have a largish arrow which would point towards GZ & a field that would show distance away.

I did find an arrow when selecting the cache from the description but it was so small as to be almost impossible to see.

Is it possible to bypass the maps & just have a large arrow pointing to GZ?

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