Do you love big bluegill?
Side Imaging belongs to the two primary manufacturing companies, such as Humminbird and Lowrance, that's heavily supported by both the programming community, and enthusiasts. Both companies created the backbone OSes on their fishfinders for such customization purposes. Other companies, not so much.
Of course, be ready to shell out tons of money for SI tech and additional bells and whistles. Tech like this is purely for pleasure more than functionality. I have the 1st gen of SI before they called it SI. I rather focus on my money on DI (Down Imaging) on a larger screen to see what's below me, and a second unit for front-rear relay over the SI.
Don't have that unit but have heard good things about it. I don't believe you'd have any problem accomplishing what you want to do. Before upgrading, I ran a H'bird 798SI unit and could clearly see bluegill beds with it.
This unit is definitely a starter unit for us cheapy. But truly be warned, since it's 1st gen on the unit, there's not much support for the unit out there. The others already have their fair shares of tinkering and hammering out the bugs, with tons of add-ons from the inputs that the communities had discussed about.
1. No memory card removal for customization.
2. This is a single mount. There's no dual mounting, allowing two units to talk to each other to provide front-back relay info.
3. Unable to update of OS..this worries me. If there are glitches..hmm..
4. Nothing indicating onboard memory size. This worries me even more. What's the capacity of holding the waypoints? How much? CHIRP tech, which version? CHIRP doesn't mean much if there's no version to it. You can have CHIRP version 1, which has a huge GPS gap hole and the ill-ability to get accurate GPS signals.
The info on the radar is sorely lacking that it scares me as a tech freak.
OK;; QUESTION FOR YOU LEO;; A ;; WHAT IF ?? WHAT IF;; YOU HAD A GRAY SCALE DEPTH/ FISH FINDER;; MOUNTED IT ON TO A PVC PIPE;; MADE THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS;; AND DIPPED THE SONAR; INTO BRUSH PILES; BOAT DOCKS; THING LIKE THAT;; AND; AS WELL AS;; FIX IT TIGHT TO THE PVC PIPE;; TO TRY TO DO A SIDE SCAN !! THINK ITS POSSIBLE ??
You're talking my DIY Hack language. Of course, that throws everything off, unless you can compensate the information on the fly. Here's why:
1. Sonar is 1-to-3 dept to angle dispersement, at 22° to 37° angle from high to low power setting. Side Imaging is designed with a 100° to 122° degree to the side, static detection, to maintain a proper side angle.
2. Sonar keeps on spreading the further it goes out. So, at 100ft from shore, the sonar goes from below water to above water, sending back false signal. This will drive anyone crazy, since you have to keep an eye out for the down sonar, and the side sonar. Even I don't have that capacity to compute that much info back at the same time, wondering what depths the fishes are to the side, and the one below me, since we have to take account for the depth changes between the transducer below water relative to the mounting location (which is normally +/- 1ft). But the medium the transducer has to punch through, either be water, hull, glue, or air, it can cause all kind of anomalies.
Yeah..I talk geek languages.
OH HOW WELL I KNOW YOU KNOW HOW TO SPEAK GEEK ; LEO;; IM STILL TRYING TO TEACH YOU TO TALK-- SOUTHERN REDNECK !! LOL BUT;; STILL QUESTION ARISES ON MAKING IT DO A SIDE SCAN;; AT CLOSE RANGE;; TO SAY; A BANK SIDE;; WITH BRUSH PILES ;; WOULDNT IT STILL BE ABLE TO SHOW POSSIBLE FISH IN THE BRUSH PILE ?? DISTANCE BEING; POSSIBLY 20 TO 40 FEET TO THE BANK ??
Y'all can do it. Ain't looking pretty, but it might. 50-50 chance finding 'em fishes in the weeds, if y'all not moving one bit, and the fishes are. But, any moving piece of wood, or if the boat moves, even a rock may appear to be a fish. Weeds will show up like balls of baitfish since the sonar don't scan it vertical to see. The brain in the fishfinder things it's a long body fish rather than a weed/reed (scanning downwards). Scanner is that stupid y'all.
I;LL GIVE YA A ( E ) FOR EFFORT;; YA;LL GETTING THERE; NOT QUITE THERE YET THO;; HAHAHAHAHAHAHA LEO;; OUR MOST WONDERFUL; MARVELOUS; MASTER; MANIPULATOR; OF THE ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD;; HAVING BEEN ASSIMILATED BY A MASTER BANK OF NASA;S IBM MACHINES;; MORE CYBORG;; THAN HUMAN !! EVEN BILL GATES;; HAS LEO;S PHONE NUMBER;; ON SPEED DIAL !! DONT KNOW A LOT ABOUT CHECKERS LEO;; BUT I THINK ITS YOUR MOVE NOW;; HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Tracy, great to see you're getting the great use out of the 7SV model. It's a very powerful unit if you can play with the various fine tuning functions. Most people only use the defaults, rather than maximizing the usages of all the function combinations.
There are tons of reviews out there, and you have to take all those reviews with a bottle of salt. Don't rely on those who merely used them a few times for the sake of reviews. Rely on those who went deep into the unit itself for extended usages. Good luck in playing around with it. Make sure to report back more on the unit's results as you go along. Take photos of the unit in actions over the fishes, and the results you get from the on-the-fly scan.