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NOTE: The times displayed are the recog-
nized best and good times for hunting and ﬁshing. But, be certain that they are not in conﬂict with state and local game laws which may vary from location to location. It is your responsibility to know and abide by these laws.
Hunt & Fish Page
‘New Location’ Options
Hunt and Fish
This feature provides you with a listing of best
times for hunting and ﬁshing for a chosen location
To set the date:
Highlight the date ﬁeld and then press in on
the THUMB STICK to begin data entry of
individual characters. To display the current date,
highlight the page Options Menu and press
in on the THUMB STICK to display the ‘Use
Current Date’ option and then press in on the
THUMB STICK to activate.
To set the location:
1. Highlight the Location ﬁeld and then press in on
the THUMB STICK to display the ‘New Loca-
tion’ options list.
2. Highlight the option desired and then press in
on the THUMB STICK to activate. If you choose
‘Current Location’ the ﬁeld values displayed on
the page reﬂects the times at your current loca
3. If you choose ‘Use Map’, a map page displays.
Use the map pointer to identify the desired loca-
tion and then press in on the THUMB STICK.
If you choose ‘Use Find Menu’ follow instruc
tions for using the Find Menu on page 33.
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This feature provides you an area calculation as you
move about a location or view a saved track. The area
calculation displays in acres, hectares, and square feet,
square yards, square meters, square kilometers, and
To calculate the area:
1. With the eTrex Vista “Ready to Navigate”, press
‘Start’ when you are ready to begin.
2. Begin walking or traveling the outskirts of the area you want to measure. As soon as you change
direction, the eTrex Vista begins to display the area
traversed thus far.
3. Continue to the end point, then use the
THUMB STICK to stop the calculation.
4. Use the
THUMB STICK to store the area as a saved
To review the area of a saved track:
On the Tracks page, highlight a Saved Track and
press in on the THUMB STICK to see a map with
the area shown in a data ﬁeld at the bottom.
This feature provides you with all the basic functions
of both of standard or scientiﬁc calculator. You can per
form most calculations identiﬁed by the function symbols
along the sides of the keypad and can save the results
temporarily in the memory. The memory is cleared either
manually or when you turn off the eTrex Vista.
To change calculator options:
1. Highlight the page Options Menu and press in on
the THUMB STICK to display the ‘Scientiﬁc/Stan-
dard’ and ‘Radian/Degrees’ options.
2. Highlight the option you want to change and then
press in on the THUMB STICK for the change to
3. Use the
THUMB STICK to move about the keypad,
enter numbers, and perform calculations.
Area Calculator Start Page
Area Calculator Option
Standard calculator with
Scientiﬁc mode or Degrees
options to select
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Case: Fully-gasketed, high-impact plastic alloy, waterproof to IPX7 stan-
dards (waterproof to one meter for 30 minutes)
Size: 4.4”H x 2”W x 1.2”D
Weight: Approx. 5.3 ounces (150 g) w/batteries
Temperature Range: 5° to 158°F (-15° to 70°C) (operating)
Receiver: Differential-ready, 12 parallel channel
Acquisition time: Approx. 15 seconds (warm start)
Approx. 45 seconds (EZinit/cold start)
Approx. 5 minutes (First Time/AutoLocate™)
Update Rate: 1/second, continuous
GPS Accuracy: <15 meters (49 ft) RMS, 95% typical1
DGPS (USGC) Accuracy: 3-5 meters (10-16 ft), 95% typical with DGPS corrections2
DGPS (WAAS) Accuracy: <3 meters (10 ft), 95% typical with DGPS corrections2
Velocity Accuracy: 0.05 meter/sec steady state
Dynamics: Performs to speciﬁcations to 6 g’s
Interfaces: NMEA 0183, RTCM 104 (for DGPS corrections) and RS-232 for PC interface
Antenna: Built-In patch
Input: Two 1.5-volt AA batteries3
Power Consumption: 0.5 watts max.
Battery Life: Up to 12 hours of typical use in ‘Battery Saver’ mode4
Speciﬁcations are subject to change without notice.1Subject to accuracy degradation to 100m 2DRMS under the U.S. DoD-imposed Selective A vailability program.2With optional GARMIN Differential Beacon Receiver Input (such as GARMIN GBR 21 or 23).3The temperature rating for the eTrex Vista may exceed the usable range of some batteries. Alkaline batteries
can rupture at high temperatures. External power can only be applied using the GARMIN Auto Power
Adapter or PC Interface Cable with Auto Power Adapter. These cables contain a 12 Vdc to 3 Vdc voltage
regulator. Modiﬁcations or other applications voids the product warranty.
4Alkaline batteries lose a signiﬁcant amount of their capacity as temperature decreases. Use lithium batteries when operating the eTrex Vista in below-freezing conditions. Extensive use of screen backlighting and the
electronic compass signiﬁcantly reduces battery life. Different brands of batteries vary in performance.
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To obtain accessories, see your local dealer or visit the
GARMIN web site at www.garmin.com and THUMB on
How To Buy.
Automotive Mounting Bracket: Can be temporarily
or permanently mounted on the dash. (Shown at right)
Carry Lanyard: Provides convenient method for
carrying the eTrex Vista. Attaches to a slot on the bottom
of the unit. (Included)
Carrying Case: Protects the eTrex Vista and permits
use while in the case.
Carrying Holster: Allows easy access to the eTrex
Vista when clipped on a belt.
Cigarette Lighter Adapter: Provides eTrex Vista
power from an automobile cigarette lighter.
Data Cable: Wiring harness. Bare wire connections
for data input/output.
Handlebar Mounting Bracket: Allows the eTrex
Vista to be mounted on bicycle handle bars. (Shown at
dMap Data CD-ROMs: An excellent
tool for creating waypoints and routes on your PC using
a background map and downloading them to your eTrex
Vista. See your GARMIN dealer for MapSource details.
Owner’s Manual or Quick Start Guide
PC Interface Cable: Allows for transfer of data from
a PC (RS-232 serial port connector) to an eTrex Vista.
PC Interface Cable and Cigarette Lighter Power
Adapter: Allows transfer of waypoints and routes from
a PC to the eTrex Vista and provides unit power from an
automobile cigarette lighter. (Shown at right)
Replacement Battery Cover: Replacement for lost
or damaged battery compartment cover.
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The following data ﬁeld options are available on the Map, Navigation, Altimeter,
and Trip Computer Main Pages. Options available only on the Altimeter Page are
listed on Page 61.
Bearing - The direction from your current location to a destination.
Course - The direction from your starting location to a destination.
Current Destination - The next waypoint on your route.
Current Distance - The remaining distance to your next waypoint.
Current ETA - The estimated time of day you will arrive at your next waypoint.
Current ETE - The estimated time needed to arrive at the next waypoint on your route.
Elevation - The altitude (height) above or below sea level.
Final Destination - The last waypoint on your route.
Final Distance - The remaining distance to your ﬁnal destination.
Final ETA - The estimated time of day you will reach your ﬁnal destination.
Final ETE - The estimated time needed to reach your ﬁnal destination.
Glide Ratio -The ratio of horizontal distance travelled to vertical distance travelled. For example, a 6:12 glide ratio indicates a 1000’ vertical descent for every 6000’
horizontal distance travelled.
Glide Ratio Destination - The glide ratio required to descend from current location
and altitude to the location and altitude of your destination.
Heading - Your moving direction.
Location (lat/lon) - Your current GPS position.
Location (selected) - The lat/lon of point deﬁned on map.
Odometer - A running tally of distance travelled, based upon the distance between second-by-second position readings.
Off Course - The distance left or right you are from the original course (path of travel).
Indicates the direction to the next destination.
Speed - Your rate of travel can be displayed in miles per hour, kilometers per hour, or nautical miles per hour.
Sunrise - The time at which the sun rises on this day.
Sunset - The time at which the sun sets on this day.
Time of Day - The time for the selected time zone.