Magellan eXplorist XL Reference Manual...
IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY, DO NOT USE THIS NAVIGATION DEVICE WHILE DRIVING A VEHICLE. Please do not try and change any settings on the Magellan eXplorist while driving. Come to a complete stop or have a passenger make any changes. Taking your eyes off the road is dangerous and can result in an accident in which you or others could be injured.
XL GPS Receiver Features of the Magellan eXplorist GPS receiver: Button Descriptions Starting Up Turning the eXplorist On Turning the eXplorist Off Turning the Display Backlight On/Off Using the eXplorist for the First Time Conclusion Using the eXplorist XL...
Magellan Geocache Manager Magellan Geocache Manager Using the Magellan Geocache Manager Working with Geocache Files Using the eXplorist with MapSend Using the eXplorist with MapSend Overview of Uploading Detail Maps from MapSend to the eXplorist Transferring POIs, Routes, and Track Between MapSend and eXplorist...
XL GPS Receiver Features of the Magellan eXplorist GPS receiver: • Built-in background map (28 MB) • High-definition color display • Preloaded points of interest • Rugged design, rubber-protected • 28 MB of usable memory Antenna Display Backlight Button...
XL GPS Receiver Button Descriptions: On/Off Turns the eXplorist on or off. Backlight Turns the display backlight on. Sequences from off to low to high intensity. ENTER Used to access highlighted menu items or accept highlighted buttons. Cancels data inputs.
Installing the Batteries Remove battery cover by turning the silver latch on the back of the unit one quarter turn. The eXplorist XL uses four AA batteries that are installed as shown in the accompanying diagram. Be sure to observe the proper polarity when installing the batteries.
XL GPS Receiver Connecting to a Personal Computer Turn your eXplorist off and connect the connector of the eXplorist data cable to the back of your eXplorist and tighten the locking screw. There are alignment tabs on the connector to make sure that the connector is installed properly.
Starting Up Turning the eXplorist On To turn the eXplorist on, press the POWER button on the top right side. Turning the eXplorist Off To turn the eXplorist off, press the POWER button on the top right side. There is a 5 second countdown after you press the POWER button. If you change your mind and decide to leave the eXplorist on, just press the ESC button.
Starting Up Using the eXplorist for the First Time Turn the eXplorist on. Press the Power button. When the Startup screen is displayed, press ENTER. Select Language. When you turn on the eXplorist for the first time you are given the option of selecting one of the ten languages that will be used. You can change the language selection at any time by accessing Menu >...
Starting Up The Satellite Status screen will continuously update and you will be able to graphically see how well your eXplorist is performing. When the eXplorist has enough information to compute a position fix, the Satellite Status screen is replaced with the Map screen. The arrow cursor in the center of the Map screen represents your position.
Starting Up If the eXplorist is unable to compute your initial fix in a few minutes: If the eXplorist determines that it is unable to track the satellites within two minutes, it will present you with the following screens in an effort to better determine its approximate location.
Starting Up Enter the Date. Use the arrow joystick to set the date displayed to the current date. Arrow Joystick Up: Increases the highlighted number Arrow Joystick Down: Decreases the highlighted number Arrow Joystick Right: Moves the highlight one character to the right Arrow Joystick Left: Moves the highlight one character to the left When the month is highlighted, use the arrow joystick up or down to scroll through the list of months.
Conclusion This concludes the initial startup procedure for the Magellan eXplorist XL. Once the Map screen is displayed, you have successfully initialized the eXplorist and are ready to go. Now would be a good time to familiarize yourself with the different navigation screens (using the NAV button)
Using the eXplorist XL The eXplorist XL uses information from the GPS satellites orbiting the earth to provide you with detailed infor- mation about your exact location. This is the foundation that your eXplorist will use to provide you with the necessary information to arrive at your destination.
GOTO routes are the simplest and most commonly used feature of your eXplorist XL. With just the GOTO but- ton the eXplorist will provide you with the tools needed to get to any point of interest stored in your database.
Additional Features Your Magellan eXplorist contains all the features you would expect from a high-quality Magellan brand hand- held navigation device as well as many more to make your outdoor experience more enjoyable. You have the ability to customize the navigation screens, enabling you to view the information that is important to you.
Navigation Screens Accessing the Navigation Screens The eXplorist has three navigation screens as well as a Satellite Status screen that can be accessed by pressing the NAV button. Each screen provides the same information in a different format giving you the choice of choosing the screen that best suits your needs.
Navigation Screens Press MENU and select Customize page to change the information displayed at the bottom of the • screen. Press MENU and select Map Setup to change the orientation of the screen as well as the primary • usage (land or marine).
Navigation Screens In the Cursor mode, you have a cursor icon displayed that you can use to pan around the map. The information displayed at the bottom of the screen provide you with the heading and distance the cursor is at from your present position. In the Cursor mode you can: •...
Navigation Screens Customizing the Map Information The information displayed at the bottom of the screen can be customized to change what is shown in the two map information fields. You can select from: • Bearing • Distance to Next (Next leg in multi-leg routes) •...
Navigation Screens Displaying Street Information You can choose to display information about the street you are on instead of displaying the two data fields at the bottom of the display. To display street information: While viewing the Map screen, press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Customize page.
Navigation Screens Changing the Primary Usage The Map screen can be changed to be primarily used on land (default) or marine. When in land usage, land areas are displayed as white areas on the display and water is displayed as blue. When set for marine usage, water is blue and land areas are displayed as yellow.
Navigation Screens Changing the Track Recording Intervals As you move, your eXplorist is recording your journey (track). You can select how often the track points are recorded. In Auto mode, the eXplorist doesn’t save track points when you are traveling in a straight line and only a few as you make turns.
Navigation Screens Compass Screen The Compass screen provides an easy-to-use graphical compass that should be familiar to most GPS users. Highlights of the Compass • With an active route, the top of the Compass screen displays the name of the destination.
Navigation Screens Customizing the Information Fields The information displayed at the top of the screen can be customized to information important to you. You can select from: • Bearing • Distance to Next (Next leg in multi-leg routes) [default] • Distance to End •...
WAAS information to increase the accuracy of the position fix. • Date and time are shown, automatically adjusted from time information supplied from the atomic clocks in the GPS satellites. • A resettable trip odometer to keep track of the distance you’ve travelled.
Navigation Screens Resetting the Trip Odometer Whenever you begin a trip that you want to record how far you have travelled, you will want to reset the trip odometer to zero. To reset the trip odometer: While viewing the Position screen, press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Reset Trip.
Basic File Structure The eXplorist has a file structure system that is unlike any other filing system used before on a GPS receiver. It is based on the file system that you are probably familiar with from using your personal computer.
XL GPS File Structure Using the Filing System with POIs • When retrieving or saving a POI, the eXplorist automatically saves the POI to the default POI file. You can select the location to save the POI, by choosing Save As when creating a file.
XL GPS File Structure Using the Filing System with Track Logs • Track logs are saved differently from POIs and routes in that there is only one track log per file. Also, you can’t set a default file for track logs.
Waypoints and points of interest are identical.) There are four types of POIs available for your eXplorist XL: POIs that you have marked (saved), POIs that have been stored in your eXplorist as part of the built-in background map, POIs that have been uploaded using the geocaching software, and POIs that have been uploaded from a detailed map.
Points of Interest Marking Your Position (Personalized) Normally, marking you position is simply a two button process, MARK and ENTER. However, sometimes you will want to personalize the POI you are marking to make it easier to identify later. You are able to change the icon, change the name, and create a message.
Points of Interest Making POIs for Locations other then your Present Position Sometimes you may want to save a position that is not your present position. The eXplorist offers you two ways of doing that. You can modify the coordinates of your present position or you can use the Cursor mode of the Map screen to pan to the location you want to mark.
Points of Interest Marking a Position using the Map Cursor This gives you a way of marking a position, other then your present position, by moving the cursor around the map to a place you want to create a POI. While viewing the Map screen, use the Arrow joystick to put the eXplorist into Cursor mode.
Points of Interest The POI Database All of the POI’s that you have saved as well as background map POI’s that came with your eXplorist can be accessed using the POI database. Once the database has been accessed and the POI selected you can view or edit the POI.
Points of Interest Searching for a Preloaded POI using Nearest Searching for a preloaded POI using the Nearest option is similar to searching for user-entered POI’s with an additional step. Preloaded POI’s have been categorized into five categories (Cities, Highways, Airports, Waterways and Parks) and you need to select the category that the POI will be found in.
Points of Interest Editing a User-Created POI POI’s that you have saved can be edited to change the icon, name, elevation and message. You can also change the location but keep in mind that this effectively is creating a new POI in a new location. Press MENU.
Points of Interest Deleting a User-Created POI POI’s that you have saved can be deleted using this operation. You may want to delete a POI to make it easier to search for a POI you created if you have a lot of them. POI’s that have been deleted cannot be restored.
Points of Interest Copying a Preloaded POI POI’s that have been preloaded as part of the background map can be saved as a user-entered POI. This does not delete a preloaded POI (preloaded POI’s can not be deleted) it just copies it to the POIs portion of the database.
Points of Interest Viewing a Preloaded POI on the Map Screen POI’s that have been preloaded as part of the background map can be viewed on the Map screen to assist you in locating the POI. Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight POI List. Press ENTER.
Points of Interest Showing or Hiding a User-Entered POI on the Map Screen You can select whether a user-entered POI is displayed or hidden while viewing the Map screen. In the upper left corner of the POI Save screen (next to the icon field) is a checkbox that indicated if the POI will be visible on the map.
Routes Routes are the least understood and one of the most important functions of a GPS receiver. The better you understand routes and how to use them, the more enjoyment you will receive from using your eXplorist. The easiest, and most common form of a route is a GOTO route. A GOTO route is a one-leg route with a starting point (your present position) and a destination (a POI you select).
Routes route, you will be updated with a new course to follow. This updating of your route will also occur during multi-leg routes so you always know which way you need to go. Creating a GOTO Route from the Map Cursor This will create a GOTO route to a point on the map that you have indicated by moving the crosshair cursor on the Map screen.
Routes Multi-Leg Routes Multi-leg routes can be used to navigate to a final destination using multiple legs. An example would be leaving the dock, motoring over to buoy 1, then the bait boat and finally to a fishing hot spot. This route would go from Dock to Buoy 1,Buoy 1 to Bait, Bait to Fish.
Highlight the name of the route. Press ENTER. Highlight Activate Route or Deactivate Route. Press ENTER. You will be returned to the last viewed navigation screen with the route chosen activated or deactivated. List of routes with route named ‘Magellan’ active.
Routes Changing the Destination Leg of an Active Route When a route is created it can have many different legs to the route, each leg with its own destination. If during your travels you wanted to skip some of the legs you can select the leg that you want to proceed to next. An example would be your planned route starts at your campsite.
Routes Editing a Saved Route Saved routes can be edited to add a new leg at the end of the route (<Add POI>) remove a leg (Delete POI), insert a new leg (Insert POI) or change the destination from one POI to another (Replace POI). Press MENU.
Routes Reversing a Route Reversing a route takes a saved route and recreates it in reverse order. The sample route that was discussed earlier, Camp > Bridge > Marker > Ranger > Swim, would now be Swim > Ranger > Marker > Bridge > Camp. Press MENU.
Routes Moving a Route This provides you with a means of moving a route from one file to another. Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Routes. Press ENTER. Locate the file that contains the route you want to move. (The eXplorist will automatically open the default file.) Press ENTER.
Routes Viewing a Route on the Map Viewing the route on the map gives you a way of graphically seeing the legs of the route as they appear on the map. Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Routes. Press ENTER.
Track Logs As you are moving, the eXplorist continuously records your track. Much like leaving breadcrumbs on the trail that you can use later to find your way back, the eXplorist leaves “electronic breadcrumbs” on the map. The advantage here is that you don’t have to worry about animals coming along and eating your return route markers.
Track Logs Starting a New Active Track Log Before you can start a new active track log, you need to stop the one that is presently recording. Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Track Log. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Active Track. Press ENTER.
Track Logs Creating a BackTrack Route BackTrack routes use your active track to create a route back to where you started, turning around and following the electronic breadcrumb trail that the eXplorist dropped. Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Track Log. Press ENTER.
Track Logs Converting the Track Log to a Route This function takes the track log and turns it into a multi-leg route that is saved in your route list. From here, the route can be edited if necessary. Note: Convert to Route is available for both active track logs and track logs you have saved. Press MENU.
Track Logs Working with Saved Track Logs It has been mentioned before that you can convert saved track logs to a route and view saved track logs on the map. There are three functions unique to saved track logs that you can perform: following, reversing, and deleting the track.
Track Logs Deleting a Saved Track Log Use this function to remove track logs that have been previously saved and are no longer needed. Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Track Log. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight any track log you have previously saved. Press ENTER.
Advanced Features The eXplorist has a set of advanced features that provides you with additional features to enhance the use of your eXplorist. The advanced features are accessed from the Main Menu and include: • Area Calculation: This will compute the area and the perimeter of a region that you define. •...
Advanced Features Deleting All POIs from the Area Calculation List While viewing the Area Calculation screen, press MENU. Highlight Delete All Points. Press ENTER. All of the POIs in the list are removed and you can now create a new region to be calculated. Editing the POI List in Area Calculation You can insert, delete, or replace a POI in the area calculation list.
Advanced Features Changing the Position With the Fish/Hunt screen displayed, highlight the At field. Press ENTER. Select a POI from the POI database. Changing the Date With the Fish/Hunt screen displayed, highlight the On field. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to change the date. Up/Down changes the data at the cursor position;...
Advanced Features Changing the Date With the Sun/Moon screen displayed, highlight the On field. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to change the date. Up/Down changes the data at the cursor position; Left/Right moves the cursor. When the date is correct, press ENTER. Viewing the Vertical Profile Vertical Profile will graphically display the elevation for a track log that you select.
Advanced Features Using the Simulator When the eXplorist is placed in the simulator mode, it simulates movement along a predefined or saved route. Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Adv. Features. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Simulate. Press ENTER.
Transfer mode allows you to transfer files to and from the eXplorist and the personal computer. NMEA Data Comm mode outputs the GPS data from the eXplorist in NMEA format for use with external software. Power Only mode turns off data communication with the personal computer and the eXplorist operates normally.
Advanced Features Working with Files on the Personal Computer You can work with the files saved in your eXplorist or files located on an SD card in the eXplorist (optional). Using the personal computer, you have complete access to moving, renaming, modifying, or deleting any of the saved files.
It is a place to create, modify, store, and most importantly, upload geocache points to your eXplorist. There are two ways of adding geocache points to the Magellan Geocache Manager. You can enter the points manually by typing in the information or you can download geocache points from one of the many geocache fansites found on the Web.
Magellan Geocache Manager Using the Magellan Geocache Manager Access the Magellan Geocache Manager by using the Start button on the Windows toolbar. Under “Programs” select ‘Magellan > eXplorist XL > Magellan Geocache Manager’. The Magellan Geocache Manager will open and an empty list of geocache points is displayed.
USB port of the computer and is in the USB File Transfer mode Opens the ‘About...’ window with information about the version of the Magellan Geocache Manager software that you are using. Opens a help file with information to assist you in using the...
Magellan Geocache Manager Working with Geocache Files This is a picture of a sample geocache file with a list of geocache points. You can modify this list by editing, deleting, or adding points to it. You can also add other downloaded...
To select multiple, non-consecutive geocache points, hold the Ctrl key down while clicking on the geocache point names. Click the Upload Icon on the Magellan Geocache Manager. Make sure that the correct radio button is selected (All Geocaches or Selection).
MapSend maps will transform your eXplorist into an amazingly powerful solution for outdoor recreation and travel. You can find out more about the growing line of MapSend products through a Magellan dealer or on-line www.magellangps.com under Products > Maps and Software.
“Save on Hard Drive.” IMPORTANT: Do NOT save directly to an SD card or directly to the GPS unit. Map files saved from MapSend need to be converted before using them in the eXplorist. Maps saved directly to an SD card from MapSend will not work in the eXplorist.
Using the eXplorist with MapSend Transfer the Files using the Magellan Conversion Manager: Launch the Magellan Conversion Manager (installed from the Magellan Wizard). It can be found under the ‘Start’ menu - Start > Programs > Magellan > eXplorist XL > Magellan Conversion Manager.
Transferring POIs, Routes, and Track Between MapSend and eXplorist You can transfer POIs, routes and track logs to and from MapSend and the eXplorist using the Magellan Conversion Manager. Since the eXplorist stores these data items in a more accessible manner than previous GPS receivers, you must use the Magellan Conversion Manager instead of transferring the files directly in MapSend.
From the Waypoint Menu, select ‘Save to File...’. Enter a name for the file and click Save. Access the Magellan Conversion Manager by using the Start button on the Windows toolbar. Under “Programs” select ‘Magellan > eXplorist XL > Magellan Conversion Manager’.
“polling” the skies, trying to determine what satellites are in view. This process can take time and can appear as if the GPS portion of the eXplorist is not working. Under normal conditions, the eXplorist will still be able to compute your position but this can take longer then normal.
Restarting the GPS: Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Preferences. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Restart GPS. Press ENTER. Region. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight the region of the world for your present location.
Preferences Date. Use the Arrow joystick to enter the present date. Push the Arrow joystick up or down to change the value and left or right to move the cursor. Note: Date is also sent by the satellites and may already be correct as well. Press ENTER.
Preferences Selecting the Background or Detail Map The eXplorist comes with a basemap already installed but you may use MapSend Worldwide software (purchased separately) to define your own basemap. You can use Active Setup to select the background map you want to use if you have stored a new one. Also, you can use one of the other MapSend software packages to define and save detailed maps to your eXplorist.
Preferences Selecting the North Reference You can set the North Reference used by the eXplorist to be either magnetic north or True North. Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Preferences. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Map Units. Press ENTER.
Preferences Selecting the Map Datum When using the eXplorist in conjunction with a map or chart, you should make sure that the map datum in the eXplorist matches the map datum that the map or chart uses. This can usually be found in the legend block on the map or chart.
Preferences Setting the Light Timer As has been mentioned before, the display backlight makes the display easier to read in low light situations but it also is the largest drain on the batteries. The Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Preferences. Press ENTER.
Preferences Selecting Languages The eXplorist can be set to display information from any one of ten different langauges. You can select from English, Français (French), Deutsch (German), Nederlands (Dutch), Suomi (Finnish), Español (Spanish), Italiano (Italian), Português (Portuguese), Svenska (Swedish) and Norsk (Norwegian). Selecting the Language for Your eXplorist Press MENU.
Preferences Clearing User-Entered POIs and Routes Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Preferences. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Clear Memory. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight POIs/Routes. Confirm. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Yes to confirm or Press ENTER.
• GPS Fix - The GPS fix alarm is displayed when you have lost your GPS fix for more than 20 seconds. • Proximity Alarm - The proximity alarm is very similar to the arrival alarm except that it factors in speed at a higher level than the arrival alarm.
Under normal usage, you should never need to change the clock setting unless you cross over into a new time zone. The eXplorist receives its clock information from the atomic clock located in the GPS satellite and is extremely accurate.
Preferences Setting Daylight Savings Time Press MENU. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Preferences. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight Clock. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight the Daylight Savings field. Press ENTER. Use the Arrow joystick to highlight the Region field. Press ENTER.
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Specifications Performance Receiver 14 parallel-channel technology, tracks up to 14 satellites to compute and update information Antenna Patch Acquisition Times (optimal conditions) Warm Cold Update Rate 1 second continuous Accuracy Position Velocity Limits Speed Altitude Physical Weight 12 ounces - 340 grams (with battery installed) Size 6.5”...
Specifications Power Source 4 AA Batteries Battery Life Up to 19 hours with backlight display on low Memory 64 MB internal memory Coordinate Systems Available 11 plus 1 user grid. Lat/Lon, UTM, OSGB, Irish, Swiss, Swedish, Finnish, German, French, USNG and MGRS Routes Total Unlimited (using SD cards)
Specifications Points of Interest User-entered Total Unlimited saved Points of Interest (using SD cards) Name Length 20 characters (including spaces) Built-in (included with background map) Cateogies Cities, highways, airports, waterways and parks. Navigation Screens Includes background map and 2 data fields (customizable) Compass Includes graphical compass and 2 data fields (customizable) Position...
Contacting Magellan Support Contacting Magellan Support The following information is provided so that if you need support for your Magellan eXplorist, you can direct your questions/comments to the proper person at Thales Navigation. Technical Support For Magellan product support and warranty service information in English, French, German, Spanish,...