Northstar M84, screenshots & more
Well, I’ll be darned. As Damon pointed out in the screenshot entry, the Northstar M Series also has the feature. It’s not hidden either; I plugged in the lab’s test M121, and the command is right there on the System menu (ahem), and self explanatory. I did hit a snag creating a “User Card”, though; it took a call to Northstar support to find out that it can’t exceed 512 Megs and, sigh, those cost as much as bigger cards these days. At any rate, one is on its way, and soon I’ll put the unit through a Kagstrom AIS simulation.
Meanwhile, Damon send some neat screenshots, including the one above taken this morning in Colon, Panama (bigger here). Note the variable split screen, a great feature I flagged when this machine first came out as the Navman 8120. Also check out all the AIS targets, though “actually a pretty light day” according to Damon, who also had this to say about the HD radar screen down below and full size here :
We were anchored at Green Acres in Dolphin Bay, Panama, when a squall made its way towards us. I tracked it on my radar for an hour and was very impressed. The small red dot right in the center of the screen and the other to the right of center laying on the 2 mile range line is the shoreline, everything else is the squall. What I like about this HD return is that the different colors represent the intensity of the return. The lighter the color, blue for example, the less intense the return. Yellows and oranges represent medium while red represents a very dense return. You can see that this squall is pretty strong (and large). With this type of return, had we been underway, we would have had the opportunity to either identify a path around the squall or find the weakest area to punch through it. I’ve been exceptionally happy with the M84. Two other cruisers here in Panama with me ended up buying one after seeing mine. And great service from Northstar too.
By the way, Damon’s sloop Brudair first made Panbo because he and his shipmate David made smart use of a motion detector and DSC to deal with a Panamanian intruder. Consider “buying the boys a drink” for sharing their experiences.