TT HD Topo and TT 1:50K look n Feel Maps with Garmin Birdseye!

Not sure how many of you are aware of the fact that that the Talkytoaster maps can be used with Garmin’s Birdeye Satellite imagery?

Here’s Garmin’s blurb on it:

Use your BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription with BaseCamp™ to quickly transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your device, with frequent updates, and seamlessly integrate those images into your handheld’s maps whenever you need them.”

Garmin often give new owners of supported Handheld devices a one-year subscription to this service, so it is worth checking in BaseCamp (when your Garmin is attached via the USB cable to your computer). Otherwise, it is around £22 (GBP) per year. More detaiuls here:

Here’s a screen shot showing where to find it in Basecamp:

This is what it looks like in BaseCamp on it’s own:

Not a lot of use, is it, on it’s own?

Here’s my TT HD Topo map of the same area (British Isles map):

Which is far more useful, just on it’s own.

But add my TT HD Topo map British Isles map (overlay it) over the Birdseye Satellite imagery, and this is what you see instead:

Now that’s more useful, you won’t see all the detail from my TT HD Topo map, but all the paths, contours, and most other POIs are shown.

How about in 3D mode?

My TT HD Topo (DEM) British Isles map for that area in 3D mode in Basecamp:

And here it is again (TT HD Topo DEM map) British Isles map overlaid over the Birdseye imagery:

For anyone that has never visited Ventnor on the Isle of Wight (which is included as part of the British Isles map), this is almost exactly what it looks like in real life, it is the highest point on the island.

This works for any of my TT HD Topo maps that have DEM in them, anywhere in the world where there is Birdseye Satellite imagery! You can use the non-DEM versions of my maps in 2D in BaseCamp too. It also works on quite a number of Garmin devices, full list here:

So now you can have the best of both worlds, satellite imagery and still be able to see important details, such as footpaths, bridleways, cycleway, roads, pubs, cafe’s, slipways, benches, contours, etc. Remember my maps are not a fixed rsolution, they are dynamic and show more (or less) detail as you zoom in or out.