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Garmin eTrex Vista    


The eTrex Vista combines a basemap of North and South America, with a barometric altimeter and electronic compass. The compass provides bearing information while you're standing still and the altimeter determines your precise altitude. The eTrex Vista is also designed to provide precise GPS positioning using correction data obtained from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). This product will provide position accuracy to less than three meters when receiving WAAS corrections.

The eTrex Vista also boasts an internal memory capacity of 24 megabytes, which allows it to accept downloaded mapping data from Garmin's MapSource®® CD-ROMs, including Fishing Hot Spots®. A silver case gives this unit a high-tech look. New to the product design, Garmin will include marine aids to navigation in addition to the basemap. These navigational aids will be pre-loaded into each unit from the factory.

Package includes:
eTrex Vista®
Marine Point Database
Americas Highway
PC interface cable

Wrist strap
User's guide
Quick reference guide
AAS-enabled GPS receiver

Retail Price: $289.27 U.S.D. (for domestic US market only)

Map:  $269.99

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eTrex Vista Specifications:
Plotter/Moving Map Features
Basemap: Built-in Americas Highway, Atlantic Highway or Pacific Highway basemap with oceans, lakes, rivers, cities, interstates or major motorways, principal and major thoroughfares, and political boundaries. Factory preloaded with Marine Point Database.

MapSource®: Compatible with most Garmin® MapSource products including BlueChart® marine cartography, MetroGuide®, and Fishing Hot Spots®. Accepts up to 24 megabytes of downloaded map detail.

Navigation Features
Waypoints/Icons: 1,000 (with name and graphic symbol)
Tracks: Automatic track log; 10 saved tracks let you retrace your path in both directions
Routes: 20 reversible routes with up to 50 waypoints
Trip computer: Current speed, average speed, time of sunrise/sunset, resetable maximum speed, trip timer, and trip distance
Map datums: More than 100
Position format: Lat/Lon, UTM/UPS, Maidenhead, MGRS, Loran TDs, and other grids

Electronic compass features
Accuracy: ±2 degrees with proper calibration (typical); ±5 degrees in extreme northern and southern latitudes
Resolution: 1 degree

Barometric altimeter features
Accuracy: 10 feet with proper calibration (user and/or automatic calibration)
Resolution: 1 foot
Range: -2,000 to 30,000 feet
Elevation computer: Current elevation, resetable minimum and maximum elevation, ascent/descent rate, total ascent/descent, average and maximum ascent/descent rate
Pressure: Local pressure (mbar/inches HG), 12-hour automatic pressure trend recording

Receiver: WAAS-enabled, differential-ready, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites to compute and update your position

Acquisition Times:
Warm: approx. 15 seconds
Cold: approx. 45 seconds
AutoLocate®: approx. 5 sminutes
Update Rate: 1 second, continuous

GPS Accuracy:
Position: <15 meters, 95% typical*
Velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state

WAAS Accuracy:
Position: <3 meters, 95% typical*
Velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state
Dynamics: 6g's
Interfaces: RS232 with NMEA 0183, RTCM 104 DGPS data format and proprietary Garmin
Antenna: Built-in patch

Size: 4.4"H x 2.0"W x 1.2"D (11.2 x 5.1 x 3.0 cm)
Weight: 5.3 ounces (150 g) with batteries
Display: 2.1"H x 1.1"W (5.4 x 2.7 cm) high-contrast LCD with bright backlighting
Case: Waterproof to IEC 529 IPX7 standards
Temperature range: 5°F to 158°F (-15°C to 70°C)
Data storage: Indefinite; no memory battery required
Internal Memory: 24 MB
Source: 2 AA batteries (not included)
Battery Life: Up to 12 hours (typical use)


Testimonials from eTrex Vista Users


"Family uses eTrex Vista for Christmastime fun"

The night before Christmas, I wandered around the city, hiding clues and recording waypoints for my kids Andrea, age 11, and Daniel, age 7, to find their gifts. It took them nearly two hours to gather and follow to the next clue. Andrea had to follow the track recorded on her eTrex Vista, while her brother had to follow the compass arrow of his eTrex. This is easy for them, but before they could start their search, they had to look up a computer file. Santa left the directions for the file's location in their shoes. The file was saved in daddy´s computer, so they had to download the track logs and related waypoints to their handhelds first. I was pleased to drive according to their instructions. With very little help, they arranged to finally find their treasures.

Now, every time we go out to the beach, they invite their peers to find coins that daddy buries in the most strange locations. It's like having the sun shining, the kids laughing and the satellites whispering ... GPS has come to the rescue from boredom for sure!

A. G.
León, Guanajuato

"eTrex Vista is a snap to use"

Want a testimonial? I'll give you one. I have two (competitors') GPS units in my gun safe—for sale cheap, by the way. One of which led me three miles in the opposite direction of deer camp a few years back. Okay, I am not exactly a brain surgeon, but I shouldn't have to be to use a simple piece of navigation equipment. I own a computer company so I am not a total dummy.

I recently purchased a eTrex Vista. What a joy! Easy to operate, simple controls—I absolutely love the thing. The (MapSource) Roads and Recreation and TOPO software is great! Downloads work without a flaw and the unit accepts an incredible amount of data, much more than I expected. I just downloaded the entire route from Phoenix to L. A. and it took up very little memory in the unit.

I have never endorsed any product before like this, but this thing is beyond great. It took me about 10 minutes to read the manual and about 10 more minutes of playing with it to figure it out completely! I never have figured out how to use the other units I have.

Looking for a GPS? Buy the (eTrex) Vista.

B. W.

"eTrex Vista takes a tumble, keeps ticking"

I was out quading and mapping a new trail by Arrow Lakes, BC, at 6,780 feet elevation when I dropped my eTrex Vista down a 300-foot bank. It bounced down the steep bank and finally came to rest on some large rocks. I was amazed that I could find it, and thought for sure that it would need repair to work again—but it was working fine. I am very satisfied and impressed with your product. My friends are also impressed and interested in your products now.

Thank you .

S. H.

"eTrex Vista guides journalist in Iraq"

I used my Garmin eTrex Vista during the war in Iraq as an embedded journalist. It withstood extreme conditions without fail. I was surprised to see many of the soldiers using the same product. In fact, the Air Force close air support officer and the Army forward artillery officer both used the Vista for calculating exact locations for attack. That means that lives (including mine) depended upon its accuracy. My unit suffered damage in early April when I broke the glass case while diving for cover during an Iraqi artillery attack on our position. The unit was hanging around my neck and I landed on it during the attack. However, it continued to operate as normal. Wish I could say the same about some of my other electronic equipment.

David Leeson
Staff Photographer
The Dalllas Morning News

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