Astro is the premier high-sensitivity GPS-enabled tracking
system for sporting dogs. This unique system pinpoints your dog's
position and shows you exactly where he is, even when you can't see or
hear him. The new Astro 320 handheld GPS device has features that
hunters have been asking for like increased range, a simplified user
interface and must-have mapping capability.
See Your Dogs' Every Move
The Astro system includes the redesigned Astro 320 and the rugged, orange polyurethane DC 40
transmitter collar. The collar accommodates most e-collar receivers,
eliminating the need to put two separate collars on a dog. Plus, Collar
Lock creates a 4-digit PIN number that helps prevent others from seeing
your dog's whereabouts a useful feature in field trials to ensure that
an Astro is used only as a recovery tool when a dog in competition
To get started, just take Astro outdoors and turn on the handheld and
transmitter to acquire GPS satellite signals. Then attach the DC 40 to
your dog. Now you're ready to turn him loose no other setup required.
Experience the Improved Astro 320
More intuitive and easier to use, the new Astro 320 takes dog
tracking to an entirely new level. The interface streamlines what is
displayed by allowing dogs that are outside the current zoom level to
have their location notated in the display's margin. The user also can
choose the amount of each dog's tracklog displayed, or toggle it off
completely, to avoid cluttering the map.
The Astro 320, compatible with any Garmin DC series transmitter, also
debuts innovative features like enhanced map drawing capabilities, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery compatibility (subscription required), vibration-based alerts and a 3-axis electronic compass.
Thanks to the redesigned antenna, the maximum range between the Astro
320 and a Garmin tracking collar has been increased by nearly 30
percent up to 9 mi in flat, unobstructed terrain.
Both durable and waterproof, Astro 320 features the legendary
toughness that's built to withstand the elements be it dust, dirt,
humidity or water, none of which are a match for this essential hunting
Upgrade with Ease
Getting what you need for the hunt is now a little easier. Hunters
have the option of purchasing the entire Astro bundle, a stand-alone
Astro 320 or as many DC 40 collars as necessary. And if you do get the
320, remember it's compatible with every DC series dog collar.
Get Additional Mapping
With its microSDâ„˘ card slot, Astro 320 lets you purchase and load TOPO U.S. 24K maps for land elevation contours or City Navigator NT® map data for turn-by-turn routing on roads (see maps tab for compatible maps). Astro 320 also supports BirdsEye Satellite Imagery
(subscription required), that lets you download satellite images to
your device and integrate them with your maps. Mapping depicts important
nearby geographical features â€“ and lets hunters know, for example, if
their dog has crossed a creek or is nearing a dangerous road.
In addition, Astro 320 is compatible with Garmin Custom Maps, free
software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable
maps for your device.
Track Dogs in Dense Cover
As often as every 5 seconds, your dog's DC 40 transmits his position
to your handheld, and you can see his current location and a trail of
where he's been on the map page of your handheld. Switch over to the Dog
Tracker page to view a compass pointing to your dog's location as well
as his current status: whether he's running, sitting, on point or
treeing quarry. Astro also can sound an alarm to let you know instantly
when your dog goes on point.
Each dog's precise distance also can be presented on the map page,
and users can choose an option that auto zooms the map so all dogs can
be seen on the display at any time. Alternately, dogs that are too far
away to fit on the map's current zoom scale can be notated on the
display's margin in the direction of the dog's location. The user also
can choose the duration that each dog's tracklog is viewed on the
display or toggle it off completely for a cleaner display.
Astro boasts a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that can track your
dog's position even in the densest cover. You can track up to 10 dogs at
one time with Astro, at a distance of up to 9 mi away (depending on
terrain). The system transmits information by line-of-sight, so it
reaches farthest in flat, open territory.
Count Your Coveys
After you've captured your quarry, mark the exact spot with Astro's
Covey Counter, a special waypoint that tells you the exact location,
time of day and elevation where you found your prey, as well as the
number of birds you flushed and took from that location. Astro lets you
save other special waypoints, such as "Truck" and "Lodge," so you can
save the location of these places quickly and easily for each hunt.
Astro also offers special waypoint icons to represent food plots, tree
stands and other hunting-related points.
Plan Your Next Trip
Take charge of your next hunting adventure with BaseCamp,
software to view and organize your maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks
and send them to your Garmin device. This free trip-planning software
displays topgraphic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen,
including contour lines and elevation profiles. It also can transfer an
unlimited amount of satellite images when paired with a BirdsEye
Satellite Imagery subscription as well as geotag photos, or associate
them with specific waypoints.
Due to varying international regulations, this version of the
Astro is approved for use only in the U.S. The sale and unlicensed use
of the Garmin Astro GPS dog tracking system in any form is presently
prohibited by the Canadian government. According to a document published
by Industry Canada dated June 2009, the MURS radio frequency used by
the Astro will be permitted to be sold and operated on a license-free
basis at the end of a 5-year transition period (June 2014). This
Industry Canada ruling may be found in its entirety at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf09543.html.
Parties interested in the implementation of this spectrum utilization
policy or with questions should contact their local Industry Canada