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  1. Thanks everyone for the help, I'm speaking with 3 possible mints right now. Since this is my first I figure it wouldn't hurt to price a few different companies. My last design issue is to figure out if I should include the text on the back explaining moon type. As of now it is too small, I could make it bigger and edit out some words but that takes away from my very simplistic first coin. Also I sort of like the cryptic nature of it without the explanation. But then I think about finding this in a cache, I would have NO idea to google "moon type" heh. So maybe I just change it to, "Text is in Moon Type". make it a larger font and call it a day! 2 thoughts, resized smaller too help. I still think I'm leaning towards super cryptic though.
  2. Minor update: I just heard back from Groundspeak and , as I expected, changing the logo is not allowed. Changes: 1. I redesigned the back, pulling in themes from the front (star, black to represent darkness). 2. I added a N to the North star. This should help reinforce the quote (N star is a navigational device). 3. Tweaked the waves, to give the big dipper some more room. 4. Added history of moon type (might edge press this or remove all together...too hard to fit!). Getting there!
  3. That is certainly possible to do, but I might stick with horizontal or the coin might become too "puzzle cache"-y. But as JJG mentioned, I am likely breaking logo rules, as such a v3 may be in my future. Likely just freeing up space to give Dr Moon some credit. Wow this is turning out to be a very democratic coin!
  4. HUGE THANK YOU to Vanelle! Below is V2, I painstakingly created vectors for Moon Type since no font appears to be commercially available. I also added the code plate. It's getting there
  5. Excellent, never heard of that before. I owe ya big since that is just TOO perfect! See below! Also I don't think this will be my personal geocoin. I have a different idea brewing for that! It will be based on a character (his name is Glock) that I created in one of my animation projects I did YEARS ago. It is a bit more personal in nature than this one.
  6. Good question and I have no idea! At some point I'll scan and post the initial sketch I did for this coin to better explain it. The image above of is an attempt to translate my pencil drawing to a more simplified vector graphic. I originally saw that line on a signature card in a cache. I immediately liked it since my wife always calls me a wandered! Did some research and found it to be a JRR Tolkien quote. I'm still trying to find just the right font for it. But I want one that is a bit cryptic in nature (unclear) to be more in line with what caching is about. Might even do it in morse code...
  7. I've been playing around with a coin design for awhile and might take it to production. It's called Moon Dipper. I've been drawing the moon like this for quite some time and have been thinking it might make a decent coin. It also displays the Big Dipper, whose cup rim points to the North Star (at the top right). Trackable would go on face in upper left of sky or on back. The gray would be the metal. One run would use glow for the white/yellow of the stars and moon. Looking for some feedback, is this a bit too simple or worth going forward on? ~Zelanzy
  8. I'd just go with Oregon 300 with City Navigator on card and topo on internal. It switches very easily from "Automotive" to "Geocaching". The 2d digital compass is pretty horrible though...
  9. I have owned and used both the etrex and oregon. To me, funny enough, the etrex is both more accurate and its compass is less finicky. This is more than offset by the paperless features of the oregon. The oregon does occasionally cause me to miss caches (~2% of the time).
  10. Same, getting lots of arrow bounce, and the digital compass is very poor. I now show "Bearing" on the compass/map screen and use a 2nd compass (a small keychain one from REI ~5 bux). Zel
  11. StarBrand is dead on when he says to be prepared to not find it. I also just started, 81 found, and I have not found 6, so I do not find ~7% (6/87) of the ones I go out looking for. In fact, yesterday I was 0/2 on 3 difficulty caches! I encourge you to log your DNF's too, a lot of people skip that. Then when you find it, it will be a bit more rewarding and you will recall how you were looking the first time and learn from it. Also most cache owners will send you an additional hint (and/or flat out tell you exactly where/how to look) if you ask. Happy hunting, Zel
  12. Lets say, for example, their are 3200 active/inactive (including 100 found) caches in a 20mi radius of my house and I want to most effectively setup some queries to pull them all. My question is, should I include exclude the inactive and found ones or pull them all? Here is why I ask. In the above example I have 7 PQ's setup, 20 mi radius, including found and inactive, all with difference date placed settings to pull them all within the radius. This is setup so that I never really have to repull the "weekly found" query, since they are all included within the queries (since they include found caches). I also can bump right up to 500 since it should never exceed 500. If I excluded inactives, when they became active they could cross the 500 point, meaning I'd need to tweak all 7 queries. Do you get where I'm going here? Is it more efficient to exclude those inactves/found knowing that I might have to tweak all 7 queries occasionally? Or would it be best to include all them, and rarely have to update the 7 past queries (knowing that I might be able to pull all the data in 5 pulls...after my founds get higher?) I guess this is more of a philosophical question...what do you do? FYI, I use GSAK to filter down to 2k (and perform the excluding of inactive/found at that point).
  13. The core of my additional gear is a survival/first aid kit which fits into a very small first aid kit from REI. It is nice because if you remove the first aid book, you have room for other survival items. Base: REI Day Pack First Aid Kit -Remove the first aid book +Add Adventure Medical Pocket Survival Pack (this has a signal mirror which serves double duty as a cache spotter) -Remove nasty duct tape that comes with Pocket kit, reroll new duct tape +Add Sewing kit & thread (2 bucks at walmart) +Add small pillbox with more motrin/tylenol/excedrin/zyrtec +Add additional tweezers +Add Leatherman Squirt into scissor pocket +Add Photon Light to zipper pull I put that in my cargo pants (which have very large pockets). I also carry water and gloves. ~Zel
  14. I recently started as well (etrex vista hcx) so I can tell you what I've done to setup that gps line. 1. You do not need to load the topo maps onto the GPS, but they do help. The venture HC only has 24MB of internal memory, so you won't be able to fit many map segments into it. I'd just skip them. This is where the benefit of the "x" line garmins come in handy (hcx vs hc). The X version have cards you can put in them to hold more map data. 2. Do you have a premium membership? If so, you can run a simple pocket query that searches for all caches within a 5-10 mile radius of your zip code. You can then open that GPX file in easyGPS (free program, very easy to use) and send it to your GPS. That will get the 500 closes caches loaded to your GPS very quickly and easily (and is why lots here pay for a premium membership, to run pocket queries). 3. If you do not have a membership, you just send a bunch of loc files to your gps individually and go from there. You can do this from the geocaching map screen, or running a search. 4. Go here: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/downloads...45&pID=8707 Download USB drivers so your computer recognizes the GPS, and also download webupdater to update your GPS device's firmware. 4. Using it. On the menu is a find button. Click that, then click the Geocache icon. It will by default show you the geocaches closest to your location. Select a cache, select GO TO, and you will then see a map with a purple/pink line connecting where you are now, to where the cache is. 5. On the upper right side of the GPS is a button (not the power/brightness button, the one above it). That button toggles you between seeing the map and the two points (see step 4), the arrow screen which points you to cache, and the menu. I toggle VERY frequenly as I am caching. 6. Once you find the cache, you can click on the "Found" button on the GPS geocache screen (clicking it moves the geocache from a not found to found status). It then asks you if you want to move to next. 7. When you get back home, go to geo caches (click menu button, show found), log caches into geocaching. The calendar (on the menu) will also show which geocaches you found on a given day (helpful when logging). Not sure this helped any...but the above was my starting "workflow". I'm moving to new software now (GSAK) but I recommend you do the above first. EasyGPS is exactly what it says, "easy"!
  15. I ordered one through dell during this deal and they estimated a receive date of 7/15...and its being delivered tomorrow 6/26 (ordered 6/17, shipped 6/23). Gotta love reverse Dell logic! Also the EPP discount stacks (7% employee purchase plan). I got it for 248 shipped, including tax.
  16. Thanks, found this on googling Markwell and radius: http://www.markwell.us/pq.htm. It confirms that the 500 are the 500 "closest" caches.
  17. Lets say I run a PQ with a radius of 20 miles of house and it has 455 caches. I then change the radius to 21 miles of house and it has 500 caches (hitting limit). My question is: is the PQ smart enough to still show the 500 "closest" to my house, or does it show 500 "random" caches within the radius, possibly removing ones close to center of search? Thanks, Zel
  18. I'm pretty new myself, but in playing with these 2 devices and reading quite a bit of posts, a fairly good plan seems to be: 1. Buy Oregon 2. Buy City Navigator as card, put into Oregon 3. Download free topo online for internal memory.
  19. I dream a day when the market contains a mapping gps device 100% dedicated to geocaching. This is a huge step forward and priced perfectly for an entry device into this, very new, market. I also inquired at REI, they have been selling like hot cakes! They are demo'ing it next week in MN at a park, next wednesday.
  20. The Oregon 300 is priced at $250 right now at Dell, which is pretty dang low. The downside is that it is out of stock with a July'ish ship date. Grrr! I'm in your position too, need a GPS with a dual usage for car driving, but need it before July 4th when I take a long vacation.
  21. The Garmin Oregon 300 is on sale at Dell for just 250 for a few days. Might want to check that out before it goes away!
  22. 1. When I go the GPS reviews page (like this: http://www.geocaching.com/gps/manufacturer.aspx?id=17) and click any of the GPS names (like this: http://www.geocaching.com/gps/device.aspx?id=51), I get this error: 2. When I Map It (this url: http://www.geocaching.com/map/default.aspx...;lng=-93.13512), it brings up the map. But the map has no controls on it (to zoom in, zoom out, grab and pan, etc). It looks like this: Any thoughts? Using IE7, Win XP. Edit: I can NOT replicate the Map It issue on my other computer (it works fine on other computer). You could probably chalk this up to very possibly messed up settings...but wanted to post just in case. Thanks, Zel
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