Welcome, Guest
Username: Password: Remember me

TOPIC: Cheapest Unit for Collecting Data Only

Cheapest Unit for Collecting Data Only 2 months 1 week ago #12585

  • ndoggac
  • ndoggac's Avatar
  • Offline
What's the absolute cheapest unit I can get to collect data for creating a contour depth map in RM, and how much is it?

I don't care about any bells & whistles (screen size, color or b/w, etc.).
I don't care about seeing fish or objects.
I don't intend to load maps back onto the unit at all.
I don't want/need side-scan - just depth measurements.

Will be collecting in <70ft of fresh water.
I would like to collect the best quality depth data, which I believe requires 200KHz down sonar capability, correct?
Would prefer sdcard data collection, but internal memory would be OK as well, with retrieval via USB (assuming it has enough memory for roughly an entire day's collection)
Old/used units are fine, as long as I can find them on ebay.

Edit: I'm thinking the Lowrance Mark-4 might be a candidate?
Thanks for any recommendations.
Last Edit: 2 months 5 days ago by ndoggac.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Cheapest Unit for Collecting Data Only 2 weeks 4 days ago #12659

  • ndoggac
  • ndoggac's Avatar
  • Offline
It blows me away that Reefmaster doesn't have a comprehensive list (google sheet?) of all devices that can act as inputs to Reefmaster for various efforts (depth map only, side-scan mosaic) and what units can be utilized as a target for generated maps, and their associated highest supported map version.

Why do Reefmaster users have to dig through forums to find this information?
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Cheapest Unit for Collecting Data Only 2 weeks 4 days ago #12665

  • Matt
  • Matt's Avatar
  • Offline
I think the bottom line is that any unit from HB/Lowrance/Simrad that has an SD card slot and has both GPS and sonar capabilities is capable of recording position/depth data that can be used by ReefMaster. A page with a comprehesive list would be a good idea, agreed, but gathering that information for older units might not be easy.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Cheapest Unit for Collecting Data Only 3 days 20 hours ago #12715

  • ptg
  • ptg's Avatar
  • Offline
have a look at Deeper products (deepersonar.com/us/en_us/store)
The administrator has disabled public write access.
SCROLL TO TOP