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
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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)
- Belt clip
- Charging clip
- USB cable
- AC adapter
- Vehicle charging adapter
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