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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:29 am Reply with quote Back to top

FWIW, I used "Waypoint" for this particular group. The interface was very simple for a young group.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:35 am Reply with quote Back to top

Team Deejay wrote:
I would also add that when using a cell phone for real urban caching (say downtown Chicago or Manhattan), your phone will be next to useless due to cover from the tall buildings. Even the Etrex's will struggle in this scenario, but the higher end Garmin's do ok.

Dave there's a way to make a smartphone pretty useful in "real" urban caching. I agree with you that the signal will bounce around because of the tall buildings etc. But when in concrete jungle situations like downtown Milwaukee or Chicago I switch to satellite view, zoom in, and see the location of the cache next to the nearest identifiable landmark (bus stop, sculpture, light post, etc.). That has worked out really really well for me, assuming that the cache owner gave accurate coordinates. But one has to have a smartphone with an app that shows you the satellite view if they are going to use that method.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:39 am Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks for the information..
I just found that I can get a new Garmin Oregon 550T for approx $290 .... supposedly regularly $499....
For the $290, would that be about the best deal around ?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:52 am Reply with quote Back to top

That is a good deal. I just moved up from a Oregon 400 to an Oregon 600. Good quality products.

450's could be found for around the ~$200 price.

Unless you need the camera in the 550, I'd go with the 450.

Oregon 600's are at $399 price point.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:03 pm Reply with quote Back to top

WhiteEagle wrote:
Thanks for the information..
I just found that I can get a new Garmin Oregon 550T for approx $290 .... supposedly regularly $499....
For the $290, would that be about the best deal around ?

Yes that's a very good deal. Go get it. Now! I'll wait...

The "T" in the model number means you get preloaded topo maps (the maps cost something like $99 if purchased separately), and the 550 (unlike the 450) has a built in camera. You can even take a picture (which would have the coordinates geotagged to it) and then navigate to that exact spot at a later time by viewing and then selecting that picture.

I like having a camera built into the GPS (the 550 & 650 models), but most Oregon owners I know of have the 450, without a camera, which I sort of view as the gold standard of touchscreen GPS units. The 450 is typically $299 but like others have said it's sometimes on sale for ~$200.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:23 pm Reply with quote Back to top

amazon.com:

Garmin Oregon 450 Handheld GPS Navigator by Garmin

list price - $329.99
sale price - $181.77

(no topo maps)

Maybe it is time to upgrade our old Garmin eTrex Legend that we bought soon after starting to cache. It's been acting up and giving us some real goofy readings, even in good conditions. We had three coupons for $30.00 off, we paid about $75.00 for it! Any deals like that anymore? The 450 is sounding like it might be the way to go.

cYa, Chris & Jim
 
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