Garmin adds new Panoptix transducers

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New transducers released for lightweight mounting and collision avoidance.

Garmin is adding to its Panoptix range of sonar capabilities with new transducers for mounting on electric motors and collision avoidance.

Compact and lightweight, the Panoptix PS21-TR transducer is optimised for mounting on an electric motor (pictured) to deliver LiveVü Forward sonar technology, allowing anglers to see real-time moving sonar images ahead of and around the boat.

Unlike traditional or scanning sonar that provides historical data of what’s been passed over, LiveVü Forward shows images of fish swimming and moving toward or away from the boat – even while stationary – in real time and up to 30m away. Anglers can see their lure as they cast and retrieve it, pinpoint its relationship to structure and watch the fish react to their lure or bait.

The Garmin Panoptix PS21-TM is a new transom-mount transducer that adds FrontVü for collision avoidance, displaying upcoming obstacles/obstructions within a 100m forward range, allowing adequate time to change course if needed. FrontVü is also available as a free software update for other Garmin Panoptix forward transducers (PS21-TR and PS31).

The FrontVü feature can be used in a split screen with other Panoptix all-seeing sonar views, including LiveVü Forward as well as RealVü 3D Forward (offered on the PS31). When combined, Garmin says these views deliver real-time sonar imagery of what’s around the boat at video-like speed.

Both transducers provides a digital depth number, so there’s no need to purchase a separate traditional transducer for basic depth information. No black box is needed either – simply mount the transducer and plug it in.

The Garmin Panoptix PS21-TR and PS21-TM are compatible with Garmin’s new range of echoMAP CHIRP models (7” and 9” units), as well as the GPSMAP 7400 series, GPSMAP 8000 series and GPSMAP 751, 820 and 1020 series.

RRP AU$1499/NZ$1699 for the PS21-TR, and AU$1499/NZ$1699 for the PS21-TM.

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