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Livescope Settings #13692693 09/06/20 05:17 PM
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Hey Guys here’s a short video discussing my livescope settings. Everyone has different opinions and preferences but if you just purchased a livescope or are thinking about getting one these few tips will help get you headed in the right direction.


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Thanks Gary, I’ve just put one on my boat but I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet. This will come in handy when I do get to go.

Re: Livescope Settings [Re: Gary Paris] #13692836 09/06/20 09:28 PM
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Re: Livescope Settings [Re: Gary Paris] #13694226 09/08/20 01:36 PM
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I've got a question about voltage. I see the voltage on your screen reads 11.4V. I'm brand new to live scope and I've seen 10.5 or so on mine while the it reading 11.8 on my Lowrance HDS. Never had a problem starting the big motor either.

My question is...If the goes below XX.X does it affect the quality of the sonar reading?

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I've had mine down below 10.5 V after a couple days without recharge. Never had any trouble with the image.

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Low voltage can cause some issues , but I don't think it affects image quality. When my voltage ran low , the units would shut down when
starting the big motor.
Sometimes I think ( but am not positive) the settings on the units would be different when they came back on. Maybe revert to
factory defaults ?

I am now running a dedicated battery for my electronics.

good luck

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I will also add that I ran dedicated #10 wire direct from motor battery to the unit. My first concern was the unit is always hot therefore draining the battery. It seems the livescope unit is not "live" unless the graph is turned on. Any suggestions good or bad on this setup is appreciated.

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Mine has a cutoff switch at the starting battery. The installer said to keep it off until I launched and turn it back off when loading up.

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(1) Update your software: GPSMAP Series with SD Card software version 2020.0902.1
as of September 2, 2020

This will allow for you to have the Depth Range on the screen like the forward range and gain are.

Note: recommend to always use an SD card. 32G or lower is best. It does not require an Ultra SD card or higher than 32. In fact, that will cause issues with your upload/download. Never do an update via ActiveCaptain/ Wi-Fi as that is sporadic in that it stops and starts. During the stopping and starting, you will miss key components in the update causing your unit to not receive a fully updated software. This is a big issue with software horror stories and causes your unit to act up.

(2) TVG stands for Time Varied Gain. It is a function used that reduces the amount of clutter in the fish finder display mode by varying the gain throughout the water column. Increasing the TVG increases the maximum depth that the TVG is applied to.

Note: when you turn it on Low, Med, or High it will remove clutter as well as your structure and jig.

(3) A good battery will do you justice. This equipment is power-hungry and sensitive to low voltage.

I run a dedicated Lithium 80 ah battery. Livescope is good up to 24v. The higher your voltage, the happier the system is.

Note: We marry the power cable for the GLS10 module and the Display unit together. Positive to positive, negative to negative. We then utilize a 10 gauge marine-grade wire and connect the positive to the positive and negative to negative of the GLS10 and Display unit and carry that on to the starting battery or dedicated battery. Never will we take a short-cut to a fuse panel or accessories switch. Early on it was not required but recommended to utilize a switch to kill the GLS10 module. Garmin with-in a software update some time ago allowed for the unit to become the switch to power off the GLS10 module through the network cable.

(4) I tell all of our customers to keep it simple. Only make adjustments to Gain, Forward Range, and Depth Range. "it is ok to adjust the color palette in sonar setup Appearance"

Note: Gain on average is best at 58-68. Deeper the water Higher the Gain. Shallower the water lower the Gain.


Here are several videos I recorded via Active Captain.

Note: Clarity and voltage in the video. Settings are factory defaults. Gain is 58-68

Crappie striking the jig 3 times
30' forward range, clear image at 12.5v



Large school of Catfish "blues"
30' forward range, clear image at 12.3v


Large school of crappie on a laydown
20' forward range, clear image at 12.5v


Large school of crappie on a creek ledge. A one man limit came from this one stop in 1-1/2 hour
20' forward range, not as clear of an image due to 11.4v




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Re: Livescope Settings [Re: Gary Paris] #13696083 09/10/20 01:44 AM
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Great post David! Thanks for the detailed info and heads up on the SW upgrade.

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David knows exactly what he is talking about more than most. He's been using these electronics since before they came out to the public. His advice/instructions here are gold!!

Re: Livescope Settings [Re: Gary Paris] #13696269 09/10/20 11:34 AM
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I too have gone to a dedicated battery for my Garmin Unit because they are power hungry. I started using a 18V Milwaukee battery that I use on my power tools, they make a small adapter that allows you to hook up wire to it. I got tired of swapping them out as they would only last a few hours and so I just bought a small AGM 12V battery.

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If anyone decides to try one of these adapters consider avoiding some of the 3-D printed ones . The terminals don't fit very well and the fitment of the battery can be a head ache . The example I am posting from amazon has the heavier terminals . https://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-Ba...75&sr=8-10&tag=opr-mkt-opr-us-20

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