The new Garmin T5 tracking collar replaces the DC 50 and adds a few new features to help you keep up with your dog:
LED Beacon Lights for added visibility in low-light conditions
Like the Garmin ALPHA, the T5 now has beacon lights that help you see your dog while he is running at night. These lights also help other folks and oncoming traffic see your dog.
Please note that these lights must be turned on while the T5 collar is close to the handheld.
The Astro 320 can NOT turn the Astro T5 collar lights on at any distance away from the hand held.
Track Astro T5 and DC series collars PLUS the new ALPHA TT15 Collars
The New Astro T5 and Alpha TT 15 collars have the ability to be tracked by either the Astro 320 handheld or the Alpha 100 handheld.
Please note that these collars can NOT be tracked by Alpha and Astro handhelds at the same time.
T5 and TT15 collars are either in Astro mode (tracking only) or Alpha Mode (Track and Train for TT15, Tracking Only for T5).
This now lets Alpha users who need a system they can use in competitions legally run T5 tracking collars. Also, folks that buy the Astro 320 with T5 collars can continue to use the T5 collars in the future if they ever switch over to the Alpha handheld.
Orange Top Mounted GPS Receiver
To make it easy to tell which collar you are running (T5 vs. TT15), the T5 has an orange top mounted GPS receiver. The TT15, TT10 and the DC 50 all have black GPS receivers.
How the GPS DOG TRACKING SYSTEM Works
The Garmin Astro system consists of two components: a Handheld GPS unit (Garmin Astro 320) which looks like a walkie-talkie and a Dog GPS unit (Astro-T-5).
These two GPS units communicate via radio signals.
The Dog GPS computes its location from the GPS satellites, detects whether your dog is moving or on point, and sends that info to your Handheld GPS every 5 seconds.
The Handheld GPS then plots the exact location of your dog on a map screen, shows distance, and whether your dog is moving or on point.
On your Handheld GPS, the MAP SCREEN shows your location, your dog's location, and the path that your dog has hunted.
Alternately, view your dog(s) on the COMPASS SCREEN which shows your location, your dog's distance and direction.
The COMPASS SCREEN is perfect for running multiple dogs. Add up to 10 dogs to one Handheld GPS system.
I use the T5 collar and Astro 320 handset combo just to keep track of my very active dog, so that I can let her run free in remote areas and be able to find her when I need to. The system works great, even in deep woods, and is built very solidly. The lights on the collar are extremely effective for visually tracking the dog in the dark.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13876 Reviewed: 2014-09-19
The Garmin Astro 320 with the new T5 GPS collar lets you track up to 10 dogs with a range of up to 9 miles with its top-mounted GPS/GLONASS receiver. Plus, the T5 collar housing is specially designed to keep the flexible braided steel VHF antenna upright for maximum reception. It's tough enough to run wherever your dog runs!
The 320 handheld gives you enhanced map drawing capabilities, Birdseye Satellite Imagery compatibility, and a 3-axis electronic compass on a 2.6" color screen that is easy to read in all light conditions.
The Garmin Astro is perfect when your dog is not by your side. Hiking, camping, horseback riding or bike riding, the Garmin Astro will allow your dogs more freedom but allow you to keep a close eye on them and help you locate them if they get lost. Since the Garmin Astro 320 serves as a full-featured handheld GPS unit, it will keep you from getting lost, too.
Not available to Canadian addresses. This product is approved for use in the US only. Collar to handheld radio communication may be disabled in Europe and other prohibited areas.
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Garmin ASTRO + T5 Combo Transmitter (Remote)
The Garmin Astro 320 handheld contains top-notch features such as a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, long battery life, a bright sunlight readable color display and a rugged IPX7 waterproof exterior.
This unit also offers automatic routing with turn-by-turn directions.
The Garmin Astro 320 has 1.7 Gigabytes internal memory as well as a micro SD card slot so you can add pre-programmed data cards with detailed maps such as TOPO, Inland Lakes, BlueChart and City Navigator.
Barometric altimeter and 3-axis electronic compass
Scratch resistant lens on the 2.6" color 65.1K TFT display with backlit display and keypad
High Speed USB mini-B connector for data updates with a PC or Apple Macintosh
Rugged IPX7 waterproof standards
Quad helix GPS antenna
Removeable VHF antenna
Micro SD card slot available for preprogrammed MapSource mapping detail such as US TOPO, Inland Lakes, BlueChart and City Navigator
Stores 1000 waypoints, 50 routes and 10,000 track points
Area calculation feature
Built-in auto routing basemap
Also compatible with Garmin Alpha TT15 collars (tracking function only)
Garmin GPS units are waterproof in accordance with IEC 529 IPX7. An IPX7 designation means the GPS case can withstand accidental immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Garmin ASTRO + T5 Combo Collar
The T-5 relays the dog's position to the handler's Astro 320 with location updates as often as every five seconds. You can track up to 10 dogs on a single system. Add additional T5s as needed.
The T5 is a GPS TRACKING collar only -- no remote dog training collar features. The T5 can be used alongside DC-20, DC-30, DC-40, and DC-50 tracking collars. The T5 is also compatible with the Alpha 100 (tracking only). The T5 is NOT compatible with the Astro 220 handheld.
The T5 comes standard with an orange collar strap. We offer the multi-dog units all with different color straps, and we sell individual T5's in 10 different colors: Orange, Black, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, or Violet.
Beacon Lights for added visibility in low-light conditions
Compatible with both the Astro 320 and Alpha 100 (tracking function only)
Top-mounted GPS/GLONASS collar antenna gives you better, faster GPS tracking with increased sensitivity
Rugged braided-steel VHF antenna can take all the abuse a hunting dog can give it in rough terrain
Includes both standard 18 1/2" and long range 22 1/2" VHF collar antennas -- perfect for big running hounds
24-48 hour run times depending on update rate
Battery life indicator so you know when you need to recharge your collar
4 hour collar charge time
One piece charging unit means one less thing to lose
USB Port allows easy software updates -- just plug your collar into your computer
Export additional GPS dog data directly from your collar to your computer
Live laptop tracking with BaseStation -- bigger screen makes tracking easier
Rescue Mode kicks in at 25% to save battery life
Feed-through collar strap design works with any 1" collar strap -- no screws, bolts, or plates needed
Plastic-coated nylon "Glo" collar strap lasts longer than regular nylon or leather and won't stink
User replaceable collar strap -- different colors for different dogs
Fits neck sizes between 13" and 22"
Solid K-9 metal collar buckle with metal keeper
Astro T5 Collar Dimensions:
Weight: 9.3 oz with collar strap and antenna
Height: 1.75 inches
Width: 3.5 inches
Depth: 1.85 inches
1" wide collar strap
Astro T5 Collar Compatibility:
Compatible with Astro 320 and Alpha 100 handheld receivers (tracking function only with Alpha)
Can run on the same system with DC 20, DC 30, DC 40, and DC 50 collars
NOT compatible with Astro 220 Handheld
PLEASE NOTE: Garmin GPS units are waterproof in accordance with IEC 529 IPX7. IEC 529 is the European system of test specification standards for classifying the degrees of protection provided by the enclosures of electrical equipment. An IPX7 designation means the GPS case can withstand accidental immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
BRAIDED STEEL VHF 22 1/2" Long Range Collar Antenna
Vehicle collar charger
1 year Garmin warranty
Features of the Garmin ASTRO + T5 Combo
LED Beacon Lights -- Beacon lights are built into the T5 Astro collar for low light conditions or night use. Visible up to 100 yards.
Cross Compatibility -- The T5 tracking collar is compatible both with the Astro 320 AND the Alpha 100. Note that the T5 will only have tracking capability when used with the Alpha, and the T5 cannot be tracked simultaneously by both an Astro 320 and an Alpha 100 (you must set it to one compatibility mode or the other). You can also track Alpha TT15 GPS collars with your Astro 320 handheld, although you won't be able to activate the remote training functions.
GPS and GLONASS Tracking -- The Astro T5 collar utilizes both GPS and GLONASS satellites for increased sensitivity. Its top-mounted antenna gives you improved signal reception, and the antenna's orange color makes it easy to distinguish during competitions that don't allow stimulation, tone or vibration.
AKC Competition Approved -- The AKC Performance Events Department has approved the Garmin T5 collar for use in pointing breed field trials and hunting tests.
Regular AND Long-Range Antennas Included -- You get both regular and long range antennas both for your Astro 320 handheld AND your T5 GPS collar. That's 4 antennas altogether! Configure your system to meet your specific needs.
Rescue Mode -- When the battery on a tracking collar dies, finding a missing a dog gets a lot more difficult. When the collar battery drops to 25% life, RESCUE MODE changes the update rate to a 2-minute ping to extend battery life which gives you the maximum amount of hours to find a lost dog. Rescue mode is not the default setting. You have to turn it on under SETTINGS. I can't think of a good reason NOT to run your collar in rescue mode because there's no downside to using it.
Multi-Dog Tracking -- Track up to 10 dogs with additional Garmin T5 collars. Tracking range is up to 9 miles, delivering location data as often as every 5 seconds.
Preloaded Mapping -- The Astro comes preloaded with a worldwide basemap. You can use the MicroSD slot to add TOPO U.S. 24K, 100K, City Navigator, and more (each available separately).
Live Laptop Tracking using BaseStation -- Using BaseStation, you can take your handheld while you're tracking dogs and plug it into your computer, letting you view your dogs on your laptop's screen. HOW TO: First download Garmin's Base Station Software. Then plug your handheld into your computer's USB port to see the Tracking screen on your computer. We've got guys that are working out of vehicles and they are tired of looking at a small screen all the time. They want to set up a computer in their vehicle and be able to view the tracking. You still use a handheld to track, but view your dogs on your laptop screen instead of a small handheld. Garmin says it'll track on the computer "real-time," but it's the same update rate that you have on your system -- 5, 10, 30, or 120 seconds between updates.
Downloads -- Using the Waypoints and Tracks and the Dog Tracks feature from the Astro Handheld you can download your days hunt into your PC using either MapSource or Motionbased.com to see your hunt on a topo map or Google Earth. This allows you to see the ground that you and your dog actually cover in a days hunt on a map.
Covey Counter -- The Garmin Astro also allows you to mark the exact location of your coveys using a special waypoint feature. This will allow you to place your coveys on a map and mark the time of day, elevation, number of birds in the covey and number of birds taken from a covey.
Icons -- Astro also comes with waypoint icons designed for hunting, letting you mark and identify additional waypoints such as your truck, hunting lodge, food plots, cover, ATVs and other outdoor-related features.
Additional Uses -- While the Garmin Astro is designed for the hunting dog, many of our customers that don't hunt but enjoy spending time outdoors with their dogs and allowing them to run off leash will find the Astro incredibly useful.
Garmin ASTRO + T5 Combo Batteries
The Astro Handheld unit uses AA batteries (not included). Average run time is 25+ hours.
The T5 collar features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives a 24-48 hour run time depending on selected update rate.
Collar Battery Run Time Chart
25 hours with 5 second update rate
35 hours with 10 second update rate
40 hours with 30 second update rate
52 hours with 120 second update rate
It's really tricky to give exact run times on the Garmin Astro T5 because there are so many variables. Collar battery run time is most affected by update rate and whether or not you use the Beacon Lights.
Garmin ASTRO + T5 Combo Range
The Garmin Astro transmitter and receiver have a "line of sight" range of up to 9 miles using the included long-range antenna.
The Astro communicates using a VHF radio signal between the Dog GPS collar and the Handheld GPS unit, so to get the full range out of a system there should be nothing between the transmitter and the receiver.
Realistically, this isn't going to happen in most of the places that we spend time with our dogs, so the actual usable range will be MUCH less than 9 miles depending on hunting conditions, including weather, terrain, and the presence of cover.