Garmin International Inc. today announced Panoptix LiveScope – a live scanning sonar that gives anglers higher-resolution images of structure, bait and fish swimming below and around the boat.
Garmin said that Panoptix is the first to deliver live sonar images in real-time – forwards, backwards, sideways and below the boat – while underway or while stationary.
The system has a suggested retail price of $1,499.99.
Panoptix LiveScope allows anglers to see images and movement clearly enough to distinguish between fish species.
See LiveScope showing a school of tarpon here.
“We took scanning sonar and made it Panoptix,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales, in a statement. “By combining two game-changing innovations – scanning sonar and live sonar – Panoptix LiveScope delivers the best of both technologies and there’s nothing out there even close to it. Once you’ve seen fish in this level of detail in a live, real-time image on your chartplotter, all other sonar is history – literally.”
Like other Garmin Panoptix transducers, LiveScope features two modes in one transducer – LiveScope Down and LiveScope Forward – and can be installed on a trolling motor or the transom (recommended only for LiveScope Forward).
Depending on the angler’s fishing preferences and techniques, LiveScope can be adjusted to change views.
Either view provides real-time scanning sonar images up to 200 feet down or away from the boat. LiveScope is also equipped with an attitude heading reference system that constantly adjusts sonar beams to compensate for boat motion.
Panoptix LiveScope is being introduced in conjunction with a global 360-degree advertising campaign called “Sons of Fishes 2” that features Garmin-sponsored professional anglers Jason Christie, two-time BASS Elite Series champion, and Bill Dance, bass fishing’s elder statesman and ambassador.