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Old 08-17-2016, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Reel Irie View Post
I'll have to try and grab one, I get by just fine with the traditional 200hz setting. I would love to see someone get on my boat and see if I am doing something wrong .... so far "thumbs down" on any side vu / down vu capabilities --- if I could get half the picture that some of these pics show I would be happy
Don't get discouraged as I struggled for quite a few trips before I got it worked out and I only get better with every trip.

First things first when getting used to using sidevu is to only have sidevu on the screen by itself. This will allow you to focus on what you are seeing and not be distracted. Also try to do this on a calm day as those conditions produce the best images for learning. As stated before distractions such as need to catch fish or perform other activities will add to frustrations with learning so my advice is to leave the gear and buddies at home. Take one person with you that you trust and can learn with you.

Next, go to a location you know has hard depth contours like a deep channel or ledge that is at least 20-40 feet in depth. Don't start searching for new bottom at this point just go to a waypoint you know well. A good sized rock pile or wreck works as well but whatever you choose, start with something hard and solid.

Settings: Gain - auto, contrast - auto, color scheme - your preference but I like dark blue, Zoom - This is important..... At first, no more than twice your depth. Example: 40 foot water depth should equal 80 foot zoom giving you a 160 foot wide view total, not on each side.

Ok, now you are ready to start learning. Go to a that area or waypoint you have and drop a buoy on it so you don't have to mess with navigation. Start close and note the imagery going slow at idle speed. You should be seeing contours/objects within the bounds of your zoom pretty well. Take a couple of screen shots for future reference. Now come about and get a shot with the other side of the boat. You get similar quality imagery if you came back at the same angle from the other direction.

By now you should start getting happy with what you are seeing with some consistency. Now increase your zoom to 3 times the depth and repeat the passes. You should note the image returns are smaller but still crisp. You should also notice the broader area of view. This exercise should give you perspective for zoom. You can continue to zoom out to see what is effective for you view perspective and find the range that works best for you at that depth. Some like more, some less.

Lastly you can make some passes at speed to compare what you may see at speed. Speed changes things but you still can note differences that will apply when searching unknown areas. Bottom line is you have gain perspective and reference on what you see first. Once you are proficient there you will now be able to identify new spots.

Hope some of this helps.

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Old 08-17-2016, 09:50 AM
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Thanks for the help. Any more utubes and such for the 94 sv non chirp typse units that you have done about garmin?

I have been looking a lot on utube and it seems the info is scarace for dv and sv units afaict.

What I cannot understand is just how many interesting utubes there are for hummingbird dv and sv there are vs the darn few quality on's that you can find on utube by comparison. HB even has them on general sonar topics.

Please post up any more that you have done on these topics.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:45 AM
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Jim,
I have hopes of finding the time aside from my real job and family to get set up to do some youtube videos. I'm just an avid user and not a pro and the production of videos is not exactly my strong suite.

I have thought about doing some how to's on the xsv units at my desk but without being on the water it is tough. On water is even more challenging as I don't have a method of showing what is on the screen in the video other than using a gopro of my dash. I tried it and you really cant see what's on the screen.

I'm going to keep at it and try to get some thing going and continue to give the best advice I can on the forum.
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:56 AM
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good post moose, I will admit I have not put the time into trying it out without it being a "fishing" trip

I will give it a go sometime --- if you are ever in the area, want to go on a boat ride? :-)
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Reel Irie View Post
good post moose, I will admit I have not put the time into trying it out without it being a "fishing" trip

I will give it a go sometime --- if you are ever in the area, want to go on a boat ride? :-)
If you want to drag your sled up this way some I could probably work out a day if we can commit to filming some details to post up. Shoot me a pm of your set up.

It would be really nice if an interested group could get a venue on the water where we could all chat and review different units and then hit the water for some real world adjusting, problem solving and demos.
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Old 08-18-2016, 02:40 PM
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Great offer if I ever get off work. I love dentistry but do like to fish some too.

I have been thinking about retiring buying a small trailer to leave at a couple of different camp sights along the Texas coast. or in Colorado you still see the truck campers and nice ones like you used to see all over the country 30 years ago. Probably a little tight for more than two people but great if the fish are biting. Jim

Going home flush my settings to factory and reset a few, set to what you have posted up and try to go try the 94 out tomorrow if possible. Course being off the winds will blow about 30 sw with my luck.
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:46 AM
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Just order the new garmin 1242 with transducer, it come with the 52. My gold is to go tuna and will love to go swordfish fishing one day, is that transducer be good for us? thank you in advance.
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Old 12-29-2016, 08:17 PM
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Just order the new garmin 1242 with transducer, it come with the 52. My gold is to go tuna and will love to go swordfish fishing one day, is that transducer be good for us? thank you in advance.
The GT52HW is for shallow water use only.......best used under 150'.
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Old 12-31-2016, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
The GT52HW is for shallow water use only.......best used under 150'.
Thank you, just talk to garmin people and told me to go with the gt51. 300$ extra
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Old 12-31-2016, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Stephan8 View Post
Thank you, just talk to garmin people and told me to go with the gt51. 300$ extra
No that bad...
We sell the GT52HW for $236 and the GT51 for $465...$229 more.
But you will double the sonar capability.
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Old 12-31-2016, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
No that bad...
We sell the GT52HW for $236 and the GT51 for $465...$229 more.
But you will double the sonar capability.
Thank you for all the help today, can't wait to get my garmin.
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