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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. By Christine on March 3, Great for beginner star gazing. It came with a red light to use when out in the dark. I already owned this book and bought this one for my nephew.
One person found this helpful. There was a problem loading comments right now. By Amazon Customer on December 9, The Starfinder makes it easier to find stars in the nighttime sky. Used in conjunction with the Stars and Planets handbook makes stargazing much easier. By LeoCJ on June 8, Easy to read, understand. Great visuals; great star-finder wheel. Excellent for a beginner or a student of Earth Science. By NCKofkin on January 8, By luis on June 14, By Brian Asdell on April 7, I got a cheap used version of this and read the entire book.
It really helped me get some basic background information but you will need to look for more advanced books if you get serious about this hobby. By Melissa on June 6, From the list of astrology books I bought for my grandson on his birthday, 'Starfinder' was his favorite. It doesn't have all the features and speed of more expensive units, but for the price it can't be great.
We use the unit for geocaching and it performs as well as our expeditionC in terms of accuracy. When we've been out caching with others it has out performed many others with it's accuracy too.
The biggest downside, besides the map drawing speed, is that there isn't an easy way to connect to a computer. You can build a cable that will work well not too hard , but it doesn't come with it.
I'd recommend this as a good starter unit for someone especially for the price! By Kim on December 14, Hopkins on April 28, This is an ok item, i really expected it to be easier to use, however it does the job ok I just wanted a bit more By bill on August 16, I used this item a half a dozen times before it stopped working. It has been a drawer ever since.
It worked fine when it was working. Gugler on March 8, Pretty basic black and white unit; screen is hard to see in bright light situations. I'm going to sell it and upgrade. By ctsurv on June 2, It has a channel, WAAS capable receiver which usually locks onto the satellites in one minute or less assuming you have not moved more than about miles from the last position with the unit turned off. A full cold start, where the unit has to re-orient itself after being moved several hundred miles or more, is still quite fast, maybe 5 minutes or less.
The unit can be set to "require" WAAS in calculating it's position; this results in all positions and track points being generally accurate to 7 meters or less With WAAS disabled, positions can be hundreds of feet off if satellite DOP is high. The GO can usually get and maintain lock even inside wood frame buildings, automobiles, or under tree cover.
Readability of the display is best in full sunlight, otherwise, the backlight offers two brightness levels. Battery life is excellent, and the GO uses two standard "AA"'s.
The built-in basemap of the GO offers only major state and federal highways, andn only a few county roads and primary city streets usually with no names. One other caution about the GO: The price you pay for excellent battery life is a very underpowered map display processor. If you need more features, the I-Finder H2O may be a better choice.
One other note about Lowrance I-Finders: By Erik Laing on November 1, I have to say that I regret that decision. I have used 5 of these units since September for my work with teenagers. The most recent time was the last straw.
They are cheap, but you get what you pay for. I have had to resort to ten kids using my personal garmin etrex too many times. Backlighting is real nice though. Spend the extra money, buy the basic eTrex. By hairymon on January 5, But inexpensive really means "basic" here, not "cheap". The reception is the best I've seen in an entry-level GPS. Even without external antenna capability, I can get a position up to about 5 ft. With an external antenna in my Whistler I still started losing reception about a foot from the window.
I also get a position in the cupholder of my car, which many entry-level basic units can't do. The maps are basic, but you do not get any maps on the entry-level Garmin or Magellan unit. And they include shipwrecks and have decent coastline detail Lowrance began as a company that aided in marine navigation.
Battery life is awesome! I have put about 6 hours use on my first set of batteries, and it still shows full. I put in Energizer Lithium AA and they lasted for almost a year! This does not mean that this is the GPS for everyone. The lack of full street maps and very small screen means that it really is not a great car unit, however, it is not impossible to use in a car, it does show some major streets in addition to the Interstate, US, and state highways and you will get a reading on your speed.
And though it seems to fit the need I have for it right now, I cannot give it 5 stars on two counts. The full manual makes this unit a LOT easier to understand. Nonetheless, if you are a boater or hiker and have never used a GPS, or if you are just beginning to take up the hobby of geocaching, or you are on a tight budget or any combination of the 3 , you cannot go wrong with this item. Get fast answers from reviewers.