Hi, my garmin always shows half mile left of actual position, when i entered the actual coordinates of my position ( got the ref from another gps), garmin actually plotted a route ( from the the garmin's present position) to the coordinates ( which is my actual position, correctly showed up in garmin map). So is it a map problem or a unit problem ?
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The Garmin nuvi's were designed as automotive navigators and not really designed to be used as marine or outdoor GPS units with the exception of the nuvi 550 which is an all around GPS. The Garmin handhelds are recommended for marine and off road recreational use but it is possible to navigate if you know the coordinates of your fishing spot. To enter coordinates: Touch Where to? > Coordinates and touch a box to enter a coordinate. You can also refer to the manual for more information. nüvi® 215
You need to make sure your GPS unit and Google maps are using the same map datum. In your user manual: http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/eTrexLegend_OwnersManual.pdf Page 44, Setup Options, Units, Position Format: I suggest setting to: hddd.ddddd as this is the digital format and easier to read
In Google Maps, right click - Drop Latitude/Longitude marker and this should show the co-ordinates in digital degrees. Alternatively, you can hit the SEND button in GoogleMaps, and it will send the marked location to the GPS via the Garmin website. You may have to install the Garmin plug-in into your browser first, but it's well worth it.
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Since you probably have been using this device, you know it will automatically receive and lock in on the coordinates from at least three satellites if you move outside to a large cleared area, and power up. I could list all the steps to manually set all the coordinates, and that would take a couple of pages. Download the entire 56-page manual at this site, and refer to the pages below:
At the GPS position and you want to save it, select the car image (or what ever you use for your position) then Save. Then you will be prompted to enter the Name then Done and then Save to Favorites? Select Yes.
Enter the address, if it is found, then select the car image. The rest just follow no. 1 above.
Enter the coordinate. If it is found, then select the car image. The rest just follow no. 1
I would suggest that you go to a web site that will take those co-ordinates that you have, enter them and then get or have the program show you the other co-ordinates that you need and can use, Also you may want to check in the sub menu on the gps unit, sometimes some of them have the ability to switch to different co-ordinate system, but this is sometimes, not always. Hope this helps
When you enter the Loran coordinates, they should only be 6 digits with one decial point ie: 12345.6
On the chart the coordinates may be shown with a prefix such as as 9960-W14123.4. The prefix (9960-W) is not entered on the conversion screen. It has to be set up in the position format set up page in your GPS prior to doing the conversion.
For example on my Garmin 76CS, I go into the setup menu and select position format.
I scroll down through the list of formats until I find "LORAN TD" and press "enter".
In this screen I enter the master chain number, which is 9960 for my region in New England.
I also have to enter the "slave" stations which are designated as V,W,X,Y, or Z. For example, in my region, the "W" slave station always starts with the number 14 (ie:14123.4) and the "Y" slave station always starts with 44 (ie: 44123.4).
When I am in the conversion screen, I don't have to enter 9960-W because the GPS is already formatted for that.
You should also note that a LORAN TD converted to Lat/Lon will not be as accurate because there is some mathmatical error in the conversion equation.
If you know your coordinates, enter them on the position screen.
Use the track pad to highlight the coordinates on the position screen. Press "enter". Use the track pad to change the digits to match your current position. Place the GPS where it has a clear view of the sky and wait. If you have a power cord, plug it in as it may take as much as half an hour. Do not move the GPS while it is trying to acquire. The antenna should be vertical.
If the GPS still doesn't acquire, it may have lost the satellite almanac data, which has changed since that unit was manufactured. I could not find a software update on Garmin's website for that model, however, it is possible to transfer the almanac data from another garmin. Post a follow up message here and I can give you more instructions if needed.