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Part I: Today’s Technology > Finding Your Way: Magellan Meridian GPS Receivers

Chapter 17. Finding Your Way: Magellan Meridian GPS Receivers

For anyone who is an avid outdoors type, handheld GPS devices can be great companions. These products are lightweight, robust, and can provide your geographic location to amazing levels of accuracy—often to within three meters or better. In addition, whether you are on land or at sea, they can help you plot your course and track your position by providing you with a wealth of data, including your heading, bearing, speed, direction, estimated time of arrival, nearby points of interest, and much more. Many products allow you to upload detailed regional maps onto the device so that you can see your position in relation to major and minor roads and pathways, vertical topographies, and points of interest such as cities, airports, major waterways, and political boundaries.

One of the major manufacturers in this field is Thales Navigation. The company offers a number of models, all designed with a slightly different end user in mind, such as outdoor enthusiasts, road warriors, or mariners. Their consumer brand of GPS receivers are the Magellan series, of which the Meridian Platinum is one of their most advanced models (Figure 17-1; Plate 11).


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