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    I'm considering buying a new GPS.
    I was with a friend last week who had a Garmin 550 and I could not find how to enter latitude/longtitude coordinates (assuming I might want to go to some place I could find on Google Earth but did not know the address for?) I did not have the manual with me so it was trial and error.

    I have gone to some of the websites and can't find the info I'm looking for.

    Do any of the car navigation GPS units have the feature that allows direct entry of lat/long coordinates?

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    I'm considering buying a new GPS.
    I was with a friend last week who had a Garmin 550 and I could not find how to enter latitude/longtitude coordinates (assuming I might want to go to some place I could find on Google Earth but did not know the address for?) I did not have the manual with me so it was trial and error.

    I have gone to some of the websites and can't find the info I'm looking for.

    Do any of the car navigation GPS units have the feature that allows direct entry of lat/long coordinates?

    Bill
    Bill

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    Do you want to do this in the car?

    The mapsource program could do that and then download to the unit from the computer.

    Or you could check out the hiking models. The screens are smaller and you don't get voice prompts. But beeps can be better. With mine you can move the cursor around on the map until it points to the right spot and create a waypoint. It's harder then inputting long/lat but better then nothing.

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    I think maybe the Garmin 770 (and perhaps other Garmins) allow you to do this with their "POI" software, but I am not really sure. (At this point, I've still not even ever used a GPS device. )

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Do you want to do this in the car? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I have a old GPS unit for my PDA and have some places located by lat/lon. Also I use Google Earth a lot and routinely get lat/lon coordinates from there and I have seen that a number of rural properties (agriturismi) in Italy are putting lat/lon coordinates on their webpages. The other reason is finding some old cemeteries that I have visited and located with lat/lon coordinates. I was guided to those, since they are long overgrown and hard to find.

    When I by a model for car navigation, I want to have the capability for lat/lon input.

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    It seems you already have many [all?] of these locations. Or at least will have them before you get into the car. Using the mapsource software you can enter waypoints and then download them to the unit. I think all the Garmin car units should support this.

    It won't help you if for example somebody gives you the numbers over the phone while driving but if they are on the computer to begin with then you can just download them to the GPS. Basically you're creating your own points of interest. Of course this requires you to remember to pack the cable.

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    Thanks Nick and Jane

    Anybody know which Tom Tom models have this feature?
    Bill

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    The TomTom 920 also has this feature. Don't know about earlier ones.

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    I just input (put in?) the Lat/Long coordinates for my Le Marche rental on my Garmin 770. Pretty straightforward.

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    The Garmin 670 allows for input of lat/long, too.
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