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May 16, 2010
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Smada
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Well I placed my order with Magellan last friday. Can't wait to get my GC! I'll let you guys know how things go after our first cache.

May 16, 2010
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I'm glad to hear they will address the compass problem. I'm used to using the sun image to align my direction to the cache/target.
I have V 1.

I made the background myself, that's photo of a soaring turkey vulture I took in southern Florida a few years ago.

When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout

May 16, 2010
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Magellan knows about this bug and has it fixed in the current beta test firmware, due for public release "next week".

What version is yours now? I never saw the soaring hawk background before. Did you make it yourself?

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I (Randy) am the guy, and therefore entitled to hold and control the TV remote and of course the GPSr.

May 15, 2010
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The sun and moon work fine on my triton 2000 but on the GC it has never worked correctly.

The positions of sun & moon change but never to the correct place.
Anybody have any idea why?

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May 15, 2010
5:03 am
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Randy, I forgot to mention that. That's definetely the key!

May 15, 2010
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The motion based compass in the exploristGC (and Triton) have an icon of the sun/moon displayed on the outer ring whose position is based on the date and time of day. Just turn your GPSr until the icon lines up with the heavenly body and you have a fairly accurate orientation to true north, even when standing still.

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I (Randy) am the guy, and therefore entitled to hold and control the TV remote and of course the GPSr.

May 14, 2010
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Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all of your comments. I've decided to go with the GC. The price of the Oregon is quite steep for geocaching purposes only.

Now for the purchase, I've done some research on where to buy a GC in my area and can't find a single place. They all have Garmin only. I guess I'll have to buy online.

Thanks again all!

May 14, 2010
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It's visual once you get within the most likely 50' circle that is based on the unit you are using and the accuracy of the coordinates from conditions and unit or method used to publish the cache. Use the map screen and a go to route. It will give you the line and distance to end that will get you close enough everytime.

May 14, 2010
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I agree with many others. When you get down the the point where you aren't moving (to trigger the compass not refreshing) you're really at the point of feet or yards away. For me, at that point, I know the direction I was going so the compass isn't all that helpful. Once your there, its take a step, let the GPSr settle, did you get closer or farther, take another step... and actually that close (withing 12 feet for my eTrex and my GC) you on the visual hunt by then.

That's my opinion.

May 14, 2010
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Ditto on the electronic compass thing. My first explorists (210, 400) didn't have it, and I found caches just fine. My Triton 500 has one, and I find it just spins around whatever way it wants. Today I was in a wide open sandpit, and it just decided to turn North 90 degrees to the right, just because it wanted to. Did the same thing 2 weeks ago on a GC trip on the 10th Anniversary of caching at an event. I changed the batteries and recalibrated it, and it did the same thing. So as of today, it'll be turned off again.

As for the Garmin, my friend has an Oregano 400, got for Xmas. The touch screen is handy, very functional, but it isn't clear, there's nowhere near enough backlight, and detail is very difficult to make out. My Triton is ultra-bright, and crystal clear. Outdoors I don't even use the backlight, it's that clear and easy to see.

So if I was looking for an all-around GPS, to play with custom maps and tinker, I'd get the Triton 2000; for geocaching only, I'd get the GC. I'm very happy with my T-500 though, just love playing with the custom maps, and it's way easier to load a few geocaches into it now with the Communicator software that just came out. No need to mess with VP for a handful of caches, plug and download directly from GC.com.

Hope this helps.

Denis Gionet, OGA Executive Member - Northern Ontario.

May 14, 2010
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Here's my 2 cents on the electronic compass thing. I hate them! No matter which brand of gps I've used with one, it's never worked correctly. Electronic compasses always need to be calibrated. I remember calibrating mine a half a dozen times on the same day. I use a Triton 2000 as well as the GC, and I leave the electronic compass OFF all the time. it works so much better that way.

May 13, 2010
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Very true, the fun in caching is actually looking for it and not having it given to you right off.

May 13, 2010
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It all depends on you. I started Caching with an iPhone, and has the same type of compass movement. I have found it's actually easier(for me) to see the compass direction(From the GC or iPhone) while I'm far off and moving(when it is more accurate), then look at my (Distance to Cache) then I just walk it out and not bother to look at the GPSr again.

So, if it says 100 feet thataway---------> then I stop looking at the GPSr all together and just walk about 100 feet.

My rational is..If you need a pointer telling you to move 4 feet to the right or left, why bother playing at all? Might as well just spray paint the Cache neon orange, put a traffic barrel over it and a sign over it that says "CACHE RIGHT HERE!"

That's just how I play. To each their own!

May 13, 2010
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Hi all!

I'm a newbie geocacher without a GPS yet. I've been reading about the GC and I know that the device doesn't have a built-in compass. I know that it can determine our orientation based on movement but I'm wondering if this is a major setback for the GC? From what I've read on forums, the compass comes into use when in close range of the cache. If the compass doesn't update in real time, then this gives me the impression that this could indeed be a major flaw.

Having never gone caching before, I'd like to know if this is indeed the case. Does the compass really come in handy for you and why. I've looked into getting the Garmin Oregon 450 which has a 3axis compass. I know the device is more expensive than the GC but I'm planning on caching regularly so I'm considering paying more for the added features of the Oregon (larger screen, touch screen, compass, wherigo).

I'd like your input on this to make my choice easier!

Thanks!

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