Garmin announced a new handheld dog tracking deviec, the Astro 320. With a redesigned antenna, the maximum range between the Astro 320 and a Garmin tracking collar has been increased by nearly 30 percent – up to nine miles in flat, unobstructed terrain. It can track up to ten dogs per receiver at once, and the unit is fully compatible with Garmin’s DC 20, DC 30, and DC 40 dog tracking collars and accessories.
The Astro 320 features a 2.6-inch color display and intgrated GPS antenna. It supports TOPO U.S. 24K and 100K and has 1.7GB built-in memory for loading maps. As a dog tracker, it indicate a dog’s distance and status, (running, pointing, or treeing) and can be toggled to indicate the direction the dog is moving on the unit’s map page. The device is also equipped with a 3-axis electronic compass that lets hunters accurately view their dog’s position when holding the Astro 320 at any angle. It is waterproof with a tough, ruged exterior.
Garmin’s Astro 320 runs on two AA batteries for up to 20 hours. It will be available in July for $499.99 for just the handheld unit. You can get the complete system, which includes an Astro 320 and one DC 40 tracking collar and accessories, for $699.99.