Garmin Astro 430 Review: Dog Tracking & GPS System/Handheld

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As you’ll see in this Garmin Astro 430 Review, the 430 has more features and capabilities than the Astro 320.

Having said that, it is still a tracking only handheld, and functions best with the T 5 or T 5 Mini collar device (which is a tracking only collar).

In this review, we outline the full range of features, pros and cons of this Garmin handheld, so you can get a better idea of if it’s for you.

Let’s check it out!

 

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

 

Garmin Astro 430 Review: Dog Tracking & GPS System/Handheld

You can go straight to viewing the Astro 430 here if you like:

Garmin Astro 430 Handheld Only (on Amazon)

Garmin Astro 430/T 5 Collar Bundle (on Amazon)

Garmin Astro 430/T 5 Mini Collar Bundle (on Amazon)

 

Garmin Astro 430: Review

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What Are Some Of The Things The 430 Allows You To Do?

  • See your dog’s location every 2.5 seconds – see where they are and where they’ve been
  • See a compass pointing in the direction they are going
  • See all or some or none of your dogs on a zoom map
  • Share your dog’s control code with another handheld Garmin device so they can see or configure your dog’s collar
  • See the number of times during the hunt when an “on point” or “treed” event was indicated
  • Count your coveys – mark where you found your catch, mark where your car or lodge is, mark tree or food waypoints etc.
  • The maps on the handheld allow a city navigator mode, and also a more detailed satellite mode for open areas where there are dirt roads, creeks and other roadways 

Features

  • A handheld tracking GPS (GPS+GLONASS) device that connects to the T5 collars, or the TT15
  • Updates every 2.5 seconds
  • You get Hunt Metrics that let you see your dogs’ hunting patterns and behaviors (where they are and where they’ve been); view distance traveled, time afield and more
  • You can have up to 20 collars/dogs connected to the 430
  • Physical dimensions are 2.4″ x 6.3″ x 1.4″
  • Weighs 9.2 oz with the batteries in (batteries are Optional rechargeable NiMH pack or 2 x standard AA). The battery life is up to 20 hours
  • Water rated to IPX7
  • The display screen is 2.6 inches diagonally across, and has a resolution of 160 x 240 pixels
  • Has a 4GB memory capacity
  • Has a USB interface
  • Comes with preloaded maps – (TOPO U.S 100k maps)
  • Has the ability to add more maps
  • Has storage capacity with an additional microSD™ card 
  • You get up to 2000 waypoints
  • You get up to 200 routes
  • For the track log, you get 10,000 points, and 200 saved tracks
  • Has a Barometric altimeter
  • Has a tilt-compensated 3-axis compass
  • Ability for area calculation
  • Ability for automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads)
  • Ability for geo caching
  • Ability to add custom maps
  • Has Hunt/fish calendar, and sun and moon information
  • Is Garmin Connect compatible
  • If you’re using the T 5 collar, the T 5 gives you 9 miles range from collar receiver to the Astro 420 whilst the T 5 Mini gives you 4 miles range
  • Has a MURS frequency band (The T 5, T 5 mini, TT™ 15 and TT 15 mini are only compatible with the Astro® 320, Astro 430 and the Alpha™ 100. T 5, T 5 mini, TT 15 and TT 15 mini can be configured for operation with either handheld but cannot be tracked simultaneously by both the Astro 320 and the Astro 430)
  • You get free 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription; compatible with Garmin HuntView cards
  • The 430 is compatible with many of Garmin’s other devices

Drawbacks

  • Not a training handheld – tracking/GPS only
  • The handheld is expensive
  • You have to purchase each additional collar device separately, and the collar devices aren’t cheap
  • If you are outside the US, you’ll want to check with Garmin that everything including the GPS data will work properly
  • Apart from these things, overall, this is a high performing GPS tracking handheld

View the Garmin Astro 430/T 5 Collar Bundle on Amazon

 

Garmin Astro 430: Buyer’s Guide

What Is The Garmin Astro 430 Designed For?

It is a tracking/GPS only handheld designed to be used best with the Garmin T5 collar, or T5 Mini.

 

Who Might The Garmin Astro 430 Be For?

  • Those who want a tracking only handheld i.e. if you use the TT15 with the 430, you won’t be able to utilise it’s training functions. The T5 collar is best suited to it
  • Those who think the Astro 430 is a better fit for them than the Astro 320 or the Alpha 100
  • People wanting to use the T5 collar, or the TT15

 

Who Might The Garmin Astro 430 NOT Be For?

  • Those who want a collar that is capable of training options e.g static stimulation 
  • People wanting to use the TT10 collar (the TT10 is only compatible with the Alpha 100)
  • People who think the Astro 320 or the Alpha 100 is a better fit for them

 

What Do You Get In The Garmin Astro 430 Kit?

You can get the 430 by itself, or in a bundle with the T5 collar (T5 or T5 mini) for example.

With the bundle, you will get something similar to

  • Astro 430 handheld
  • T 5 dog device with rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 1-inch orange collar strap
  • 18.5-inch standard and 22.5-inch extended range antennas (for T 5)
  • Belt clip
  • Charging clip
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Vehicle charging adapter
  • Manual

 

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1 Comment

  1. Jason Livingston on

    We purchased a 430 in our group of houndsman and found out you can not run the same t5 collars together with the 320. I would recommend going with sport dog from here on out. I have ran Garmin for years and I am tired of new models not working with existing products. Specially when you are spending thousands of dollars on their products.

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