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Post  Wassa56 on Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:13 am

Hi all I'm a newby to prospecting and detecting and would anybody have any thoughts on what is the best GPS to use.
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Post  joe82 on Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:07 am

hey mate, I use a garmin etrex 20 small and easy to use around $100-$200 bucks, also if you are planning to spend a lot of time out by yourself a little kit is the go,because I use a 3L camel pak I have all sorts of stuff in there from snake bite kit basic first aid PLB personal locator becon some tins of tuna and bickys just incase you find yourself away from the for longer than you thought you whould be (or ya lost) detector spares ect,ect, I carry a bit because we are mainly remote detecting and cant just drive 10min back to town if something where to go wrong, hope this helps cheers joe.

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Post  cruiser1 on Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:52 am

I also use the Garmin and find it very easy to use.Dont forget to take spare batteries for what ever gps you decide on using.

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Post  peterinaust on Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:23 pm

I use the Garmin Etrex as well. Really good battery life. And Shonky maps on an SD card, Shonky maps are a free to download basic topo map of OZ, but no up dates.

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Post  sandy2010 on Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:56 pm

Always carry a compass ! (as back-up).

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Post  Nightjar on Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:56 pm

Tried and proven navigation if all else fails;













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Post  Wassa56 on Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:15 pm

Thanks fellas some good tips there, so the unit of choice seems to be the E trex, I knew about the watch navigation thing but thanks for all your advice.
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Post  joe82 on Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:40 pm

hey peterinaust, this shonky map thing Embarassed is there a sd card to suit the etrex 20??? silly question I no Embarassed

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Post  peterinaust on Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:05 pm

micro SD card fit's under the battery. You can down load Shonky maps from the net, but have not done it for year and years. Not sure how I did mine now.

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Post  Nightjar on Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:12 pm

Shonky Maps are not what they seem to be, very accurate for our WA goldfields.
Fitted the micro to our Rino's.
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Post  peterinaust on Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:51 pm

joe82 wrote:hey peterinaust, this shonky map thing Embarassed  is there a sd card to suit the etrex 20??? silly question I no Embarassed

Hi Joe82, just recapping on that, any one with a Garmin maybe familiar with Garmin Mapsource or Base Camp, Base camp being the later. I was more familiar with mapsource program but had both.
If you have one of these programs, you can or could down load Shonky Maps and would load into either one of these programs, from there you can load into your garmin device or the micro SD card fitted to the device.

Hope this helps, many years since I played with it. I haven't either program on my new computer at the moment, if you can't get Shonky maps any more I think I have it on CD if I can help.

Cheers Peter

PS, there are a lot better topo maps about now but at the time Shonky  Maps were free, and surprising what tracks they had. But they do not up date and years old now. But still works for me wandering around in the bush.

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Post  joe82 on Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:01 am

cheers mate will check out and see what I can find. I to have a new laptop and cant seem to import tracks from my etrex 20 on to google earth anymore Shocked no idea as the prosess is still the same but the computer wont reconise the gps got me stumped Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed

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Post  Nightjar on Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:52 am

Morning Joe,
Long time since I set the laptop up, but do recall had problems similar to yours.
Had to use set up GPS: Garmin ------ Model: Colorado for GPS recognition using Shonky maps.???





























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Post  joe82 on Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:11 am

ok mate, mine is saying that it doesn't reconise  the garmin device??? a bit out of my league mabie Embarassed I am using windows 10 Embarassed

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Post  Nightjar on Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:38 am

Joe, Have you changed the model too; Colorado?
You have to put in both type & model.











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Post  flouro on Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:12 pm

Hi All,

Peter, backtracking a little, the Southern Cross has an orbit of it's own as your diagram shows , I always thought the two bright stars point to the leading edge of the SC and that it would be in the same place all the time but like your diagram shows it actually has an orbit of it's own...that's the reason she is so hard to locate sometimes

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Post  joe82 on Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:12 am

Nightjar wrote:Joe, Have you changed the model too; Colorado?
You have to put in both type & model.


hey mate where do I do that Embarassed









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Post  peterinaust on Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:24 pm

joe82 wrote:cheers mate will check out and see what I can find. I to have a new laptop and cant seem to import tracks from my etrex 20 on to google earth anymore Shocked no idea as the prosess is still the same but the computer wont reconise the gps got me stumped Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed

I haven't tried this for a long time, etrex tracks onto Google earth. I have a new computer also. Looks like a wet weekend nothing else to do I'll give it a go Joe and let you know if it works (used to be able to)
But then I think I used to import out of Garmin Mapsource and or Base Camp, haven't got either program at the moment so will be starting from scratch like have with a new computer.
I haven't bothered with it for a long time, but it is handy to look back on.

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Post  Nightjar on Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:48 pm

flouro wrote:Hi All,

Peter, backtracking a little, the Southern Cross has an orbit of it's own as your diagram shows , I always thought the two bright stars point to the leading edge of the SC and that it would be in the same place all the time but like your diagram shows it actually has an orbit of it's own...that's the reason she is so hard to locate sometimes

Cheers Ron

Yes Ron,
If you keep an eye on the Southern Cross, this method involves using the two bright Pointer stars Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri that lie near the Southern Cross, positions change as the night passes. If nature calls in the small hours of darkness the Southern Cross can be upside down, however using my diagram you will still be able to locate South.





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Post  Nightjar on Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:54 pm

Joe,
So long since I set up the system, will have to do a bit of head scratching.
Will have a play over next few days and try and clear it up.




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Post  Topcat on Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:26 am

Hi Joe,

Have a look here:

http://www.edc.uri.edu/personal/erica/GPS_Basics/GPSetrex_to_GoogleEarth.pdf

This may help as I use this method on my Garmin without any problems.
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Post  joe82 on Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:27 am

cheers topcat, will have a crack, I'm guessing that the google pro I'm using may be a bit advanced for garmin and I may have to go back to standard google earth as that was what I was running on my old laptop and this new thing has google earth pro??? should this matter I can get the waypoints in but no tracks to go with it Embarassed

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Post  rockhunter62 on Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:06 am

Gee, I hope Wassa got his answer. Shocked

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Post  peterinaust on Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:47 am

Haha, I hope wassa got his answer to Doug.

Joe I have google earth pro as well and Garmin Etrex seems to have trouble with it!? although I did get a waypoint to load (that I must revisit at Western Creek) but not a track!?
So what I do is use Garmin Basecamp program, when you have Basecamp every thing in your Garmin will load straight into Basecamp, mark a track in base camp that you wish to view in Google Earth, then go to view at the top of your screen scroll down to view in Google Earth, Google Earth will open and the track you have marked will open in Google Earth.

Hope this helps.  

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Post  Wombat on Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:15 pm

I bought my self one of these a "Bushnell, Back Track". It is a very simple unit to use. And trust me I need something simple.  Shocked It has only 3 way points. but if you only want to mark you Car or Home and 2 other areas, like a find. Then this is for you. This unit has got me back to my car a many a time with no problems. I think Coiltek sells them. I got my from E-bay. There between $145.00 to $127.00 on E-bay 

www.bushnell.com/all-products/gps/backtrack-g2

www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3vEGi8vnLo

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Post  peterinaust on Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:55 pm

Looks good! and easy to use.

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