new Magellan eXplorists are out


Magellan just updated their eXplorist lineup with three new models. These are Magellan eXplorist 510, Magellan eXplorist 610, and Magellan eXplorist 710.

First off, all three new eXplorists come with a 3″ color touch screen, 3.2MP camera with auto focus, mic, speaker to mark waypoints not only with a dot on a map but also include a photo, some audio, or even some video. It’s like geotagging on steroids.

All of the devices come with preloaded maps which include road network for the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Australia, as well as water features, urban and rural land use, and a realistic shaded relief background. 510, 610, and 710 are all IPX7 waterproof, offer 16 hours of battery life, a digital almanac, and track summary and area calculation feature.

All of them are great for paperless geocaching. Check out the new models here.

As far as differences between these three models:

  • Magellan eXplorist 510 ($350): base model
  • Magellan eXplorist 610 ($450): add 3-axis electronic compass and a barometric altimeter
  • Magellan eXplorist 710 ($550): add Summit Series topographic map and turn-by-turn maps

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Magellan eXplorist GC now official


We talked about Magellan eXplorist GC a few days ago - before we got the official word from the company. Now it is announced by Magellan. First off, the price: it is going to cost $200.

It is dedicated to geocaching, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are a lot of geocaching fans out there and this would give them 100% paperless geocaching. When you buy the device you get 30 days of premium membership to geocaching.com and then you connect the eXplorist GC via USB to your computer and download the caches you want.

That’s it really. Some of the hardware features are the 2.2″ sunlight readable screen, SiRF Star III GPS receiver, and battery that can last up to 18 hours.

Magellan eXplorist GC


Magellan will soon be announcing a new handheld specifically made for geocaching called Magellan eXplorist GC. From what we could gather from a page that no longer exists on GPStracklog the eXplorist GC will not be a touchscreen device but be very bright. You don’t go geocaching in the night do you?

It looks like Magellan wanted to announce this first… We’ll have to wait a couple of more days it looks like.

Brunton AtlasMNS GPS

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Brunton is a company based in Wyoming, USA (exact coordianates on the image) that focuses on products that will keep you alive outdoors. One of these is the AtlasMNS GPS, a small device that brings navigation, atlas, barometer, altimeter and a digital compass into the palm of your hand. Thanks to its dual processors it can predict the weather for the next 12 hours, and keep track of the past 36.

It measures 5.8″ x 2.6″ x 1.3″ and weighs 7.0 oz. For power it uses 2 AA batteries and can last upto two weeks if only using the digital compass. During continuous GPS navigation it should last about 12 hours.

Here is some of the other features and specs:

  • 12 channel parallel GPS & WAAS receiver
  • Antenna port for connecting optional external GPS+WAAS FA-8 antenna
  • Waterproof/Submersible
  • Direct access TrueMagnetic compass points you in the direction of a stored waypoint, without moving
  • StraightHome: simple one button find your way back home, for the simplest navigation
  • StormWatch barometer – displays current pressure & pressure trends
  • Built in background map of U.S. and Hawaii
  • Expandable mapping with optional Info & Topo memory cards available
  • Download maps from Mapcreate & Mapcreate Topo electronic mapping programs
  • Up/download waypoints and routes from common mapping programs
  • Expandable memory With MMC/SD cards
  • Internal back-up memory
  • Waypoint Storage: 1000
  • Event Markers: 1000
  • Routes: 10/Reversible
  • Up to 100 savable and retraceable plot trails, with up to 10,000 points in any trail
  • One MMC/SD digital media memory card slot for mapping and recording capabilities
  • 240 x 180 display resolution

It would easily compete with Magellan’s eXplorist XL ($300), and Garmin’s GPSMAP 60CSx ($400).

Brunton AtlasMNS costs $360 on their own website however this site sells them for $20 less.

U.S. DoD buys GPS receivers at $2200 each

dagr-gps-564.jpgPrice conscious Department of Defense just placed an order for about 35,000 of these retro looking GPS receivers at $2200 each. The Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR), manufactured by Rockwell Collins, incorporates anti-jam improvements as well as something called Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM). The DAGR uses the NightHawk 12-channel GPS receiver chip and weighs nearly a pound, but is small enough (6 3/8″ x 3 7/16″ x 1 9/16″) to fit into a standard two-clip ammo pouch.

DAGR can find its first position fix within 60 seconds, and can run continuously for twelve hours on its battery. There are a number of useful accessories, including an anti-jamming device, a more powerful antenna and external power cables. DAGR has one major advantage over commercial GPS receivers, it can use the Precise Positioning Service (PPS) signal. PPS allows users to operate reliably when someone is trying to jam GPS signals. DAGR also has the most popular features found in commercial GPS receivers, and can easily have its software updated. DAGR has a 1.7×2.3 inch display, and can survive submersion into nearly 40 inches of water. DAGR costs about five times more than equivalent civilian models. The Department of Defense has bought about 125,000 DAGRs so far.

According to our source some troops still use civilian GPS receivers that are more convenient to use :) We wonder if they’re using the Garmin eTrex ($90), or the Magellan eXplorist 100 ($85).

Magellan eXplorist 500 LE fishing bundle

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After announcing the eXplorist 500 LE last week Magellan now made the eXplorist 500 LE fishing bundle available on their website. Magellan had said in their press release that the 500 LE would deliver solutions to the everyday hikers, fisherman, climbers and kayakers; and as promised the fishing bundle can now be purchased for $273. If you were to buy each piece in the bundle seperately:

  • Magellan eXplorist 500: $300
  • Mapsend Lakes USA: $100
  • Canvas Carrying Case: $15

That’s about 35% savings. Of course the 500 LE is not sold seperately so we’re not sure if the LE version is lacking any features that 500 version has.

Magellan eXplorist 500 LE coming out soon

magellan-500-le-991.jpgMagellan eXplorist 500 LE is a color GPS handheld mostly designed for outdoor activists. The unique feature of the 500 LE is that just like the 500 it works with Li-Ion batteries but the LE model gives you the option to also use AAA batteries. The eXplorist 500 LE has special software features (or ‘solutions’ as they’d like to call it) for various outdoor activities. For kayaking and fishing you’ll find the fishing and hunting times and sun and moon calculator to be very handy. If you are into geocaching you’ll be making use of the software that loads GPS coordinates directly from the Internet to the Magellan eXplorist.

Here are some of the main features:

  • PC-like file management
  • unlimited memory card expansion with SD card
  • compact, rugged and waterproof

GPS Receiver

  • 14-parallel-channel
  • WAAS/EGNOS-enabled
  • three-meter accuracy
  • weighs less than 4 ounces
  • measures 4.6 x 2.1 x 1.3

Display

  • 2.3 inch diagonal
  • full-color
  • backlit
  • high-resolution

Magellan Exporist 210 Review

Magellan Exporist 210A distant cousin of the Roadmate 800, Magellan’s Explorist 210 handheld GPS device looks like a camouflaged mobile phone.

It comes with none of the usual in-car trappings, such as windscreen mounts and cigarette lighter adaptors. Instead, the device is meant to be carried in a pocket as users walk, ramble or cycle their way around.

It’s powered by two AA batteries, which may seem like an oversight until you run out of juice somewhere where it’s not possible to plug any gadgets into the wall for a quick recharge. A fresh set will provide around 18 hours of navigation time.

Perhaps the most attractive aspect of the Explorist is its price. You won’t find many all-in-one GPS devices for less than £160. But apart from its rugged, water-resistant casing, the Explorist features little in the way of added value.

Unlike the Roadmate 800, it doesn’t have a touch-sensitive display. In fact, the monochrome LCD is limited to 2D bird’s eye views and an orange backlight that doesn’t extend to the keypad, which makes night-time operation difficult.

Interaction with the unit is performed via seven small rubber buttons and a miniature five-way joystick. The latter can be a bit constrictive, especially when it comes to inputting route information… read