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
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
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
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
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)
Vehicle charging adapter
Other Dog GPS Collars & Trackers
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