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Title: GPS upgrade help needed
Post by: Reece on May 14, 2013, 06:32:54 AM
REI has the Garmin Oregon 450t on for $199.99. I have an eTrex Venture HC that I seriously hate. Does anyone have an opinion on the Oregon? I understand it comes with U.S. TOPO maps preloaded. The eTrex maps were way expensive to buy! Will I have to buy more maps for detailed TOPO views? What is BirdsEye Satellite Imagery? Thanks
Title: Re: GPS upgrade help needed
Post by: Flash on May 14, 2013, 08:29:10 AM
Hey, Reece, here is a link to free GPS maps :  GPSFiledepot (http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/index.php)    :icon_cool:
Title: Re: GPS upgrade help needed
Post by: The Scorpion on May 14, 2013, 08:48:16 AM
Yes, the birds eye view is the satellite images. My new garmin has that feature but I have not messed with it
Title: Re: GPS upgrade help needed
Post by: Reece on May 14, 2013, 12:52:32 PM
Flash, are you talking about maps for the Oregon? Free maps can't be loaded on the eTrex.
Title: Re: GPS upgrade help needed
Post by: Flash on May 14, 2013, 01:19:59 PM
Flash, are you talking about maps for the Oregon? Free maps can't be loaded on the eTrex.

Just talking about free maps for Garmins in general. I have loaded maps from that site onto my eTrex 20 using Basecamp software. The Oregon I reckon would be no problem. Can't say anything about the Venture HC...
Title: Re: GPS upgrade help needed
Post by: badknees on May 14, 2013, 05:56:04 PM
Garmin has Birdseye raster topo maps for a price. They are 1:24,000 scale raster USGS maps and 1:50,000 scale raster NRC maps. The only problem is they don't really tell you what the coverage is for each scale. They also have 24k Vector maps by state/region and a 100k vector topo of the whole US. They also offer Birdseye Satellite Images, but that is by yearly subscription. The satellite images would be nice with a vector topo overlay.
Title: Re: GPS upgrade help needed
Post by: VivaTerlingua on May 16, 2013, 09:00:52 PM
Are you needing it for day hikes or extended hikes?  For day hikes I use Topomaps on my iPhone.  Much better screen than my garmin handheld and battery lasts all day.
Title: Re: GPS upgrade help needed
Post by: Reece on May 16, 2013, 10:01:37 PM
Extended.
Yeah, I love the iPhone, even thought about getting a backup battery pack and I use it any time I can. I watched the Garmin video on the 550t. I think this is my GPS - serves my purpose well. Its like a handheld GPS for seniors - big buttons. For the price, hard to beat.