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GPS

Post by mariothemoss » Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:14 pm

Are hand held gps of much use to detectorists cant make my mind up if i need one,be good to hear your views thanks
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Re: GPS

Post by satellite750uk » Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:53 pm

I take mine on every hunt,only because I'm an old fart and easily get lost. ::g

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Post by SheffieldSparky » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:00 pm

Just bought one to stop trying to remember where I left off ::g a few whiskies and a sleep and it all goes blank ::g plus got to know where I found the gold stater LOL :-SS
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Re: GPS

Post by arfur_sleep » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:19 pm

I use the Garmin etrex 10, entry model just to record the finds and then transfer the information onto a PC when I get home. I then use the details to record my finds and bag them up ready for the FLO. They are pretty precise and lots of detectorists are using them. Better models have different facilities, Could be useful for making "hotspots" or even special finds so you can accurately make your way back to the spot and continue searching. Personally, I wouldn't be without mine.

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Post by dagl » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:20 pm

I use etrex 10 basic. finds are entered, and the overall picture is indicated. 'Old' tracks for example. Presented the farmer with the year's finds shown in Google earth. The data is downloaded to garmin basecamp initially.

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Re: GPS

Post by STIG » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:39 pm

I use PICTURE MAP on my iphone to log my finds, also GEOTAG LITE . . ::g
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Re: GPS

Post by moggey35 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:01 pm

do you still need gps if you have a smart phone?

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Post by Danzigman » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:18 pm

Here is a photo showing a print - one field tracked with Garmin Etrek 20.. Always miss a spot, and you can place a point from you computer, and go straight out on the field and detect it..
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Her is a overview card 60 persons all using tracking..
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GPS can be usefull in many ways ::g
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Re: GPS

Post by Koala » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:39 pm

moggey35 wrote:do you still need gps if you have a smart phone?
Accuracy of both are the same in the open. About 3 meters. A dedicated GPS only preform better in poor reception area in woods or down a deep gorge.

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Post by alloverover » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:47 pm

Gps is an invaluable piece of kit for detecting, the old brain box can only hold so much info ::g

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Post by mariothemoss » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:33 am

But surly if there only accurate to three meter's looking back to where you have detected and filling in the gapes would be way off wouldn't it,still like one though. :-/

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Re: GPS

Post by Koala » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:24 pm

mariothemoss wrote:But surly if there only accurate to three meter's looking back to where you have detected and filling in the gapes would be way off wouldn't it,still like one though. :-/
"Only accurate to 3 meters" Three meters is pretty dam good. Finger tip to finger tip is about 2 meters ::g

One advantage of a dedicated GPS is you normally can change the battery's ::g

Breadcrumb trails left on your GPS/Smartphone of where you been will be better than this. As long as you you fill the gaps straight away. What errors present should be consistent over a few hours ::g

Quite often a GPS will have on its display that the accuracy is better than 1 meter this is misleading as it does not take into account the built in errors of the system it just telling you there are plenty a satellites in view and with a good signal strength B|

What you can't do is bury a coin on a GPS coordinates and go back a week later and dig it back up ;;z


I use a GPS all the time in the mountains. Its great just walking watching the screen knowing you are about to cross a path then look around an pick the path up. Don't have it switched on all the time as does take some of the enjoyment out of being in the wild. Look at the scenery or watch a screen :-/

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