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The Navigation Page provides active guidance with a rotating compass ring that
shows your course over ground (track) while you’re moving and a bearing pointer to
indicate the current direction to your destination (bearing) relative to the course over
The Compass Ring works as an Electronic Compass (which can be turned On or
Off) functions as a magnetic compass when you are stationary. Or, when the Compass is
in the On mode and you are moving, the heading is controlled by the GPS receiver. The
Compass switches to the GPS receiver when your rate of travel reaches a pre-set speed,
and comes back on when you have stopped moving after a pre-set period of time. Use
the Heading Setup Page to change the pre-set time.
The Status Window at the top of the page shows you the name of your destination,
the distance, and the time to go. Two Data Fields are provided, and can be programmed
to display a variety of navigation data.
The Bent (Bearing) Pointer arrow alerts you to the upcoming turn while you are
navigating a route. When you get within 15 seconds ETA of the current point, the
pointer “bends” to indicate the direction of the turn to the next point while still showing
the direction to the current point.
When you are not on an active Goto, Track or Route (in other words: not traveling
to a recorded destination), the window at the top of the page displays the status of the
GPS Receiver and the approximate accuracy of your current position. The Compass Ring
displays your heading while you are moving, but the data ﬁelds at the bottom of the
page will not display any destination related data, such as Estimated Time of Arrival.
Time to Destination Straight Line Distance
to the Destination
Selectable Data Fields Bearing PointerCompass Ring
Destination (Waypoint) Name
The Main Page
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The options include:
Sight ‘N Go - Use the Sight ‘N Go feature to locate a
landmark visually and then lock in a magnetic head-
ing to it.
Stop Navigation - “Grayed out” unless you are
navigating on a Goto, Track, or Route.
Bearing Pointer/Course Pointer - Toggles between
Bearing (always directed at destination) and Course
(distinctive with dots across center of compass, shows
amount of correction needed to be back on course.)
Big Numbers/Big Compass - toggles to display data
ﬁelds in large text format while removing the Status
Window and reducing the size of the compass ring.
Calibrate Compass - The Electronic Compass must
be calibrated every time after adding batteries. (See
Restore Defaults - Returns options and data ﬁeld
choices to factory designations.
At the bottom of the page are two data ﬁelds that
are user programmable with a choice of different data
The Bearing Pointer and Compass Ring work inde-
pendently of the direction of your movement and the
direction to your destination. The Bearing Pointer always
points directly to the destination, no matter what your
current location might be.
For example: if the arrow is pointing straight up,
you are going directly to your destination. If it points
any direction other than up, turn toward the arrow until
it points up and then continue in that direction. If you
are using the ‘Course Pointer’ option instead and you
drift away from the line of travel to your destination,
the Course Deviation Indicator (CDI) provides graphic
indication of drift (right or left) and displays the distance
Navigation Page with
Course Pointer and
Course Deviation Indicator
(CDI) Scale active.
Use the ZOOM buttons to
adjust the CDI scale setting.
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To Setup the Navigation Page:
1. With the Navigation Page displayed, use the
THUMB STICK to highlight the Options Menu
button at the top of the page. Then press it in to
display the menu.
2. Use the
THUMB STICK to highlight your selection
and then press in to select it.
To use Sight ‘N Go to navigate:
1. Use the PAGE button to access the Navigation Page
and then use the THUMB STICK to access the
2. Use the
THUMB STICK to highlight the Sight ‘N
Go option and press it in to activate the Sight ‘N Go
feature. Note that the compass ring with pointer is
in-line with the two sighting marks on the case.
3. Hold the eTrex Vista at eye level and line up the two sighting marks on the case with the distant object.
Press the THUMB STICK to ‘Lock Direction’.
4. Select ‘Set Course’ and press the
5. Begin traveling to your destination using the pointer as a guide.
To stop navigation:
1. Highlight the on-screen Options Menu button at the
top of the Navigation or Map Page and press the
2. Select ‘Stop Navigation’, then press the
Turning the Electronic Compass On and Off:
1. Press and hold the PAGE button to turn the Elec-
tronic Compass On or Off.
A Compass Icon displays at the top of the Naviga
tion and Map Pages when the Compass is On. Turn
the Electronic Compass off to conserve batteries.
2. Hold the eTrex Vista level to get an accurate Elec
tronic Compass reading.
A ‘Hold level’ reminder displays if you are not hold
ing the Compass correctly, or if it is not calibrated.
Electronic Compass with
Sight ‘N Go active
Bent pointer shows current
direction, the approaching turn, and points towards the next
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When you manually turn the Compass Off, it stays
off until you manually turn it On again. Sometimes,
however, when you turn the Compass On, the eTrex
Vista overrides the Compass and uses the GPS receiver
to track your heading. The criteria for switching between
the Compass and the GPS is customized on the ‘Heading’
Setup Page. (See page 51.)
To Calibrate the Electronic Compass:
1. Use the PAGE button to access the Navigation
2. Use the
THUMB STICK to highlight the Options
Menu on-screen button and then press it in.
3. Highlight the ‘Calibrate Compass’ option and press
the THUMB STICK to display the Calibration Page.
4. Press the
THUMB STICK to activate the ‘Start’
button and then follow on-screen directions for
holding and turning the unit.
The unit displays a “Just Right”, “Too Fast” or “Too Slow” message for you to adjust your turning speed
The “Calibration Successful” message displays when ﬁnished. If a “Calibration Failed” message displays,
repeat the process.
The Electronic Compass must be calibrated outdoors
when you ﬁrst use the eTrex Vista and after new batter
ies have been installed. The accuracy of the Electronic
Compass is adversely affected if the unit is not held level
or by nearby items that generate magnetic ﬁelds, such as
cars and buildings, etc.
Electronic Compass On/Off
Message turns off after 3
A Compass Icon is displayed
on this page and the Map Page
to indicate that the Compass
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To change data ﬁelds:
1. Use the THUMB STICK to highlight the desired
data ﬁeld and then press it in to display the list of
2. Select the desired option from the list and press in
on the THUMB STICK.
(For deﬁnitions, see Appendix C, pages 60-61.)
Glide Ratio Dest
Moving Avg. Speed
Odometer Off Course
Overall Avg. Speed
Time of Day
Trip Time - Moving
Trip Time - Stopped
Trip Time - Total
Velocity Made Good
Vertical Speed Dest
Navigation Page Data Fields
(The slider at the side of the
menu indicates a multi-page list