Garmin's affordable GPS 60, a handheld, 12-parallel-channel GPS receiver, is perfect for land or marine navigation. The device is designed to provide precise GPS positioning using correction data obtained from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). With its separate serial and USB interfaces, the device is convenient to hook up and use right out of the box.
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The Garmin GPS 60 packs land and marine navigation into single device. View larger.
The GPS 60 is a non-mapping unit that comes factory preloaded with a 1 MB marine point database that includes world cities. This trusty handheld is compact and lightweight, with a user-friendly interface. It's reliable and as extra-precise as WAAS can make it. The unit also offers a dedicated geocaching mode, indoor/outdoor games, an alarm clock, sunrise/sunset and moon phase tables, optimal hunting and fishing times, and much more.
The device offers a high-contrast, four-level grayscale LCD (160 x 240 pixels) with backlighting for the display and the keypad. A large-numbers option provides easy viewing. You get 1,000 user waypoints with name and graphic symbol and 20 reversible routes; position formats include Lat/Lon, UTM, Loran TDs, Maidenhead, MGRS, and user grid. Memory is non-volatile for permanent user data storage, requiring no memory battery.
A handy trip computer provides an odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more. The unit also comes with a 10,000-point automatic track log, and 20 saved tracks (500 points each) let you retrace your path in both directions. Other features include course and speed filtering; built-in celestial tables for best times to fish and hunt (plus sun and moon calculations); an alarm clock wake-up and stop watch; audible alarms for anchor drag, arrival, off-course, and proximity waypoint; and a geocaching navigation mode. Navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters, and autopilots using NMEA protocols through the serial port.
The GPS 60's rugged, fully casketed case is waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards, meaning it's submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The device derives up to 28 hours battery life using 2 AA batteries (not included).