The Astro 430 is a handheld powerhouse of dog-tracking performance, with the ability to track and follow up to 20 dogs with fast 2.5-second location updates. It is intuitive and easy to use and features a vibrant 2.6-inch color display, preloaded TOPO Lite AU/NZ mapping, an optional in-unit rechargeable battery, and Hunt Metrics data to help analyze your dogs’ tracking habits in the field – so you can know how to train them more effectively.
Keep Track of up to 20 Dogs
The Astro 430 can be paired with the Garmin T 5 collar device (sold separately), allowing you to transmit each dog’s location as often as every 2.5 seconds – while also being able to see your dog’s current location and a trail of where it’s been on the Astro’s bright, crisp display. A Dog Track page gives you a compass pointing to your dog’s location. When tracking multiple dogs, you can see them all on the map page with auto zoom and the ones that are too far away will be shown on the display’s margin in the direction they are in. You can reduce visual clutter on the map by toggling between “show all”, “show some” and “show none” modes – selecting the duration that each dog’s track is viewable on the display. Let others view your dog’s location on their unit’s map by sharing a dog track code and by sharing a dog’s control code, you can allow another person to configure and control your dog’s on-collar device.
Compatible with TOPO and City Navigator NT Maps
Several mapping options are available for the Astro 430 through its microSD slot, including TOPO Lite AU/NZ. You can also opt for City Navigator AU/NZ map data which gives you turn-by-turn driving directions on roads. Additionally, the Astro 430 supports BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (a free 1-year subscription is included) which allows you to download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. The Astro’s mapping depicts important nearby geographical features and enables you to see if your dog has crossed a creek or is nearing a dangerous roadway.
You can also transform paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device with the Garmin Custom Maps software, free of charge.
Set Multiple Specialised Waypoints
After you’ve tracked down your quarry, mark the exact spot with Astro’s Covey Counter™, a special waypoint that shows 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. Save other special waypoints, such as “Truck” and “Lodge” so you can easily find your way back to these locations at the end of a hunt. Additional special waypoints are available to represent food plots, tree stands, and other hunting-related points.
Optimize Your Dog’s Training with Detailed Metrics
With Sophisticated Hunt Metrics, you can monitor your dog’s hunting patterns and behaviors to optimize your training opportunities by viewing your dog’s times, distances traveled, and overall scores. It will even capture the number of times during the hunt when an “on point” or “treed” event was indicated.
Plan Your Trip Better with BaseCamp™
Garmin BaseCamp is free and feature-packed software, that lets you plan for a more productive hunting trip, allowing you to view and organize maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks. You can also create Garmin Adventures which can be shared with friends, family or fellow dog trackers. View topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. Included with the Astro is a free 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription which gives you the ability to transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your device.
Connect to Your Other Garmin Devices Wirelessly
The Astro 430 is compatible with a wide range of Garmin devices that let you wirelessly connect and transfer data unit-to-unit. For example, the outdoor Garmin DriveTrack™ 70 GPS navigator (coming September 2016) can receive and display dog positions on its moving map – with TOPO or satellite image views – showing navigation cues to your dog’s current location. The Fenix® 3 GPS watches can receive dog status updates and alerts for viewing at a glance on your wrist. You can also link and share wirelessly with your friends and family’s compatible devices, such as the Oregon® handheld, Montana® handheld, GPSMAP® 64 Chartplotter or other ANT+® enabled devices, to help coordinate hunt logistics on the go.
Turn Your Computer Into a BaseStation for Tracking Dogs
Turn your laptop into a field control center with Garmin BaseStation software, for tracking multiple dogs (that are equipped with T 5 dog devices). You can view real-time GPS information on your computer screen, making it ideal for canine search and rescue teams and because it is GPS/GLONASS capable, you can track your dogs, even when you don’t have internet or cell service available.
Rugged, Reliable, and Water Resistant
The Astro 430 is designed to be easy to use, effective, reliable, and rugged enough to withstand all the blows, bumps, and sloppy conditions of training and hunting. Astro 430 can be powered with standard AA batteries or it’s optionally available with a long-lasting rechargeable NiMH battery pack. It is also water-resistant to IPX7 and its high-visibility orange case makes It easy to track down in the event you misplace or drop your device.