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Table of Contents
About your DT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 1
In your DT Package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 2
Easy Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 2
Testing Camera and Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 3
Open Water Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 3, 4
On the Ice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 4, 5
The Mode and Function Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 6
Depth-Tech Feature: Knowing Camera Depth . . . . . . . . . . .pg 6
Direct-Tech Feature: Knowing Camera Direction . . . . . . . .pg 7
Temp-Tech Feature: Knowing Water Temp . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 8
The Battery and Charger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 8, 9
The Fuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 9
Video Recording With The DT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 9, 10
Caring For Your DT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 10
Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 10,11
Some Cautionary Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 11
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 12
One-Year Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 13
Extended Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 13
How To Obtain Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 13
SOFT CASE
MONITOR
BATTERY
CHARGER
BALLAST
WEIGHTS
MULTI-COLOR
LIGHTS
CABLE &
CARRYING
SHUTTLE
THUMBSCREWS
DETACHABLE
SUNSHIELD
VIDEO OUTPUT FOR
RECORDING
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ABOUT YOUR AQUA-VU DT
DT stands for Depth-Tech, the Aqua-Vu underwater viewing system with Nature Vision
Inc.'s most advanced features on-screen display of depth, direction and temperature. The
Function and Mode buttons allow the user to select either fresh or salt water use, adjust
for the atmospheric pressure at their particular lake plus displays in either feet or meters
and F0 or C0- degrees. The DT includes
Absolute Mode
Relative Mode
our patent-pending Direct-Tech which
provides on-screen indication of
camera direction -RELATIVE (in relation
to the monitor's position), and
NW
ABSOLUTE (magnetic compass reading).
By watching either a moving arrow or
compass direction/degrees on the
monitorscreen, ice fishermen and other
DT users know which way their camera
is "looking." This Direct-Tech innovation
makes camera positioning - aiming the
camera at a particular field of view for
watching bait and fish - much easier and
quicker! And you won't have to guess
about the directions or the appearances
and exits of approaching fish!
Depth
With your Aqua-Vu DT underwater
Temp
freshwater
0
0
viewing system you will become an
F or C
or saltwater
aquatic explorer much like a skin
diver - but without getting wet! Swim
your cameraover the bottom landscape
of your fishing grounds while watching "what's really down there." Or, with the camera
suspended down a hole in the ice, see how approaching fish react to your bait.
Turn on the Multi-Color camera lights to experience the mystique of viewing bottom and
fish in low-light conditions. The ultra-bright Multi-Color lights penetrate water better than
white light or infrared at night.
Your Aqua-Vu DT system is equipped with Nature Vision, Inc.'s Temp-Tech feature. A
sensor in the camera sends continuous water temperature readings to the lower right
portion of the monitor display. You can know the water temperature while viewing and
fishing.
However you employ your Aqua-Vu DT - for pure fun as a discovery tool, for learning
while fishing and observing nature, for watching small children or pets, or for security
purposes - you will experience a fascinating new "view." Your eyes will be glued to the
monitor screen!
The Aqua-Vu DT is available with 60- or 120-foot cable options (Choose from models
DT-60 or DT-120.)
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IN YOUR DT PACKAGE. . .
The package contains Aqua-Vu DT (Depth-Tech) components. You'll be viewing-ready
in a few minutes!
• Monitor (weatherproof; attaches to the Carrying Shuttle; tilts up and down for
convenient viewing, holds ON-OFF-ON/LIGHT switch)
• Carrying Shuttle with handle (allows cable and camera storage; tiltable monitor
attaches to it; holds Mode and Function buttons.)
• Soft custom Carrying Case
• Camera with Multi-Color light option and 60- or 120-foot cable
• Detachable Sunshield (stores conveniently on carrying shuttle when not in use)
• Battery (12-volt, 7-amp)
• Battery Charger
• Ballast Weights (for open-water viewing)
• Front-viewing Fin (keeps camera forward-looking as it's pulled through
the water)
If any of the above items are missing, contact Nature Vision immediately.
EASY SETUP
Your Aqua-Vu DT requires no complex assembly. Follow these simple steps:
1. Connect the monitor to the Carrying Shuttle (a one-time procedure) using
the two black plastic headed thumbscrews provided. (You will tighten and
loosen these thumbscrews every time you use the Aqua-Vu DT - for
positioning/tilting the monitor for the most convenient viewing, as well as
for carrying and stowing the unit.)
2. Plug the camera cable into the "CAMERA IN" port (a one-time procedure).
3. Place the battery into the battery well in the Carrying Shuttle, with
battery terminals towards the lower end of the unit (opposite from handle).
Position the battery lock tabs to secure the battery in place. Connect the
red wire clip to the red terminal on the battery (red to red). Connect the
black wire clip to the black terminal on the battery (black to black).
You may also power the Aqua-Vu DT by means of an Auxiliary Power Cord
accessory that plugs into a cigarette lighter in vehicle or boat. The DT
can operate off any 12-volt power source. (The Auxiliary Power Cord
accessory is available through retailers, or online at www.aquavu.com.)
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TESTING CAMERA AND MONITOR
1. VIEWING AN IMAGE. Locate the ON-OFF-ON/LIGHT switch at the right end of
the control line-up. Turn the switch to the ON position. Look at the monitor screen. You
should see an image. Slowly move the camera, pointing it towards room furniture, your
dog, or even your feet. You should see a "live" image!
2. CHECKING THE CAMERA'S MULTI-COLOR LIGHTS. Turn the
ON-OFF-ON/LIGHT switch to ON/LIGHT. Look at the face of the camera. You should see
bright green and red lights. An image of whatever the camera "sees" - your face or the
living room wall - should appear on the monitor.
(Note: Use the ON/LIGHT position to activate the DT's multi-color light source for viewing
in low-light conditions.)
If you fail to see an image on the monitor while conducting these tests,
see the Troubleshooting section of this manual.
To experience your Aqua-Vu DT's Temp-Tech and Direct-Tech features for water
temperature and camera directional readings, use the MODE and FUNCTION buttons
located below the handle on the Carrying Shuttle (while unit is turned on). See
appropriate sections in this manual: Mode and Function buttons,Direct-Tech Feature:
Knowing Camera Direction, and Temp-Tech Feature: Knowing Water Temperature.
OPEN-WATER USE
BALLAST WEIGHTS AND FRONT-VIEWING FIN
Underwater video cameras may be lowered into the water from breakwaters, docks, and
fishing piers, as well as from anchored boats and pontoons. Innovative bank fishermen
use them, too. Much of the open-water viewing by anglers is done from boats while drifting or slow-trolling on lakes, or from boats dealing with stream current. For best control
of the camera in most open-water situations, use the Ballast Weights and Front-viewing
Fin included with your Aqua-Vu DT.
1. Line up the predrilled holes of the ballast weights with those on the camera's
underside. Attach the Ballast Weights to the camera by means of the two steel bolts and
two nylon lock nuts.
2. Locate the two predrilled holes at the rear of the camera and use the two nylon screws
and two nylon lock nuts to attach the Front-viewing Fin.(The Front-viewing Fin helps
maintain a forward looking viewing posture as the
camera moves through the water.)
When attaching weights and fin to the camera, notice that the holes match, but with a
"tight fit" to prevent accidental loss. The nylon lock nuts require tightening with a pliers.
Note: We recommend removing weights and fin for ice fishing.
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LOWER THE CAMERA AND VIEW!
Begin your viewing trip by simply lowering the camera to the bottom. (Don't
worry! The camera won't break if you bump a rock or suddenly "hit bottom.")
In most waters, fish relate to bottom structure. So, while drifting or slow-trolling, you'll
need to guide the camera over the ups and downs of bottom contours. You will quickly
learn how to "swim" the camera over bottom terrain. With cable in hand, simply raise or
lower the camera, paying out more or less cable depending on depth and boat speed. As
you move along, you should see on your monitor screen a continuous picture of the
passing bottom and the fish-holding watery zone just above it.
When viewing over soft bottom, make sure the camera is actually above the bottom and
not plowing or stirring up the muck. Remember, if you can't see bottom, raise or lower
the camera to "look" for it.
If your camera becomes snagged, maneuver the boat so the direction of pull is the same
as it was when the camera became snagged. A little jiggling or light tugging will usually
enable you to back the camera out of a snag. Avoid pulling the camera through heavy
weed cover or thick brush.
With your Aqua-Vu DT, you will be fascinated, and often surprised, by the ever-changing
view of underwater scenery: rocks, weeds, other bottom features - and fish! (For more
advice and viewing tips see Frequently Asked Questions in this manual.)
ON THE ICE
Your Aqua-Vu DT is an invaluable ice fishing tool which steps beyond mysterious flashes
on a depthfinder to actually "see" the real picture. Take advantage of these key benefits:
VIEW BOTTOM STRUCTURE AND DISTINGUISHING FEATURES - Observe weed lines and
weed characteristics, sand versus muck, big rocks versus small rocks,transitions from
one bottom type to another. What a big help in precisely
locating fishing holes for fish house!
SHARPEN YOUR FISHING TECHNIQUES - Watch your bait and see how approaching fish
react to it. Learn what lures, colors, and jigging actions attract fish and trigger strikes.
(See the Direct-Tech section of this manual for tips on efficiently positioning the camera
to view bait, lure, or particular bottom structure.)
IDENTIFY FISH AS TO SPECIES AND SIZE - Seeing the fish "in person" helps
solve mysteries about depthfinder signals and helps with decisions about
fishing techniques and whether to stay or leave.
SEARCH OUT NEW FISHING GROUNDS - Move from spot to spot, always
boring two holes a few feet apart - one for your camera, the other for your bait.
Test-fish for a few minutes in each spot. It's possible to choose or eliminate potential
fishing spots on the basis of "seeing" or not seeing fish while
prospecting.
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For use of your Aqua-Vu DT's Direct-Tech (on-screen indication of either relative or
absolute camera directions) and Temp-Tech (on-screen water temperature readings)
features, see Mode Buttons, Direct-Tech Feature: Knowing Camera Direction, and
Temp-Tech Feature: Knowing Water Temperature sections below.
You may want to consider the NEW Ice Pod accessory which makes holding and turning
cable very easy.
THAT SPECIAL VIEWING HOLE!
Most ice fishing camera owners bore a special "camera hole" several feet from the fishing
hole. With your Aqua-Vu DT, you can position the camera the traditional manual way, or
use the Direct Tech feature - Absolute or Relative directional modes - for more easily
determining camera direction (detailed below). Traditional camera positioning: Lower
your bait or lure to about 6 inches above bottom. Turn ON your Aqua-Vu DT and lower
the camera through the camera hole and down to the bottom, while watching the
monitor screen. Raise the camera slightly off bottom so you see bottom and the water
above it. Slowly twist the camera cable until you glimpse your bait. Carefully adjust the
cable so the bait is centered on the screen. This camera positioning provides a view of
the bait plus areas just beyond and to each side of it - ideal for watching bait and
approaching fish! Some anglers rest a bait bucket or other object on the cable to maintain
camera Depth and position. Others clamp the cable to a stick placed over the hole.
Another option: Aqua-Vu's Ice Pod accessory makes it easier to maintain camera position
for watching your lure and the surrounding area. (Available from retailers or online at
www.aqua.vu.com.)
REMOVE THE BALLAST WEIGHT AND FRONT-VIEWING FIN FOR ICE FISHING
For ice fishing, most camera users remove the open-water Ballast Weight and
Front-viewing Fin. If weight is needed, a simple clamp-on lead depthfinder is usually
enough for ice fishing use. This weight can be positioned along the bottom or back keel
of the camera to control the viewing angle. In most cases the camera will work best in a
horizontal position, but there may be times when you'll want to view at an up or down
angle or you can use the Frontview/Downview fin in the vertical position to see a whole
new take on icefishing.
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THE “MODE” AND “FUNCTION” BUTTONS
There are two membrane-protected push buttons located below the carrying handle on
the Carrying Shuttle. Use these
F/C
Function
buttons for selecting which
Aqua-Vu DT camera direction and
M
MODE
measurement features you want
to use.
Control Panel
Patent Pending
WARNING: Turning unit on and off underwater will recalibrate the sensor so that you will
get a false reading. You will need to pull the unit up before switching the lights on or off
to avoid this problem.
MODE BUTTON - Press the MODE button to choose from three modes - Relative,
Absolute, Temp-only, or Standard Operating mode. Relative and Absolute modes deal with
camera direction.Standard operating mode is for just plain viewing - watching lure, bait,
fish, bottom structure, etc. - without any directional or temperature information on the
screen.
– Push MODE button one time and relative direction goes away.
– Push MODE button a second time and absolute reading appears.
– Push MODE button a third time and relative direction appears again.
FUNCTION BUTTON - Press the FUNCTION button to select either fresh or
saltwater use, adjust for the atmospheric pressure at your particular lake plus display in
either feet or meters and F0 or C0.
– Push FUNCTION button one time and the display goes to saltwater, feet, fahrenheit.
– Push FUNCTION button a second time and the display goes to freshwater, meters an
centigrade.
– Push FUNCTION button a third time and the display goes to saltwater, meters and
centigrade.
– Push FUNCTION button a fourth time and the display goes to standard mode.
DEPTH-TECH FEATURE: KNOWING CAMERA DEPTH
When viewing in open water, "drag" due to water resistance increases the amount of cable
needed to reach a target depth. The deeper or faster you go, there's more "drag" on the
camera and cable, pulling it away from the boat. In many situations, the camera and
viewing depth may significantly differ from the sonars depth reading. For example, while
the boat is over 20 feet of water, as indicated by the sonar, the camera might drag back
over a drop-off and be "viewing" in 30 feet.
Or, with 25 feet of cable out the boat, your camera might ride only 20 feet down. Thus,
neither cable length nor sonar readings pinpoint the accurate depth of the camera and
what it sees.
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DIRECT-TECH FEATURE: KNOWING CAMERA DIRECTION
Which way is your camera looking?
When an underwater camera is submerged and out of sight - in deep or murky
water, or below the ice - the user might ask, "Which way am I looking? In which direction
is my camera facing? Which way must I turn the camera to bring my ice fishing lure into
view?" Nature Vision's sophisticated Direct-Tech technology enables the Aqua-Vu DT user
to know the direction in which the camera is "looking." This advantage simplifies the tasks
of aiming the camera at structure or bait , as well as helping to verify the direction or
location of fish or some underwater discovery.
Using the two directional modes - Relative and Absolute
The Aqua-Vu DT offers two modes for indicating camera direction. Choose
either RELATIVE or ABSOLUTE directional mode by pressing the MODE button
(next to the FUNCTION button) located below the carrying handle on the Carrying Shuttle.
(The MODE button is also used for selecting Standard Operating mode.)
RELATIVE mode - The RELATIVE mode indicates camera direction (which
way the camera is looking) in relation to you and your DT monitor. In RELATIVE
mode, an arrow appears somewhere at the periphery of the screen. If the camera faces
directly forward (looking ahead of you and your monitor), the upward-pointing arrow
appears in the middle of the top of the screen. When the camera faces perfectly backwards (looking directly to your rear), the downward pointing arrow appears centered at
the bottom of the screen. When the camera is aimed directly to your left, the directional
arrow points left and appears centered along the left side of your screen. When looking
directly to your right, the arrow points right and appears centered along the right side of
the screen. Move the camera to look more forward, backward, left, or right, and the arrow
moves accordingly - pointing up or down (forward or backward), or left or right - always
showing the direction the camera is facing relative to the direction your monitor is facing.
Any movement of camera or monitor will result in movement of the arrow. The arrow's
accuracy is within 5 degrees.
ABSOLUTE mode - The ABSOLUTE mode displays a continuous compass reading
to indicate camera direction. In addition to compass direction (N, NE, E, E, S, SW, W, and
NW), the compass bearing in degrees appears on screen.
If you want the camera to look north, south, east, west, or anywhere in between, slowly
twist the camera cable until the desired direction appears on screen. With your Aqua-Vu
DT in ABSOLUTE mode, the compass
Absolute Mode
direction of the camera's "aim" will be
indicated on-screen - no matter which
way you and your monitor are facing.
NW
The ABSOLUTE mode makes it easy to
relocate bottom structure or anything
else previously viewed.
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When ice fishermen return to the same fish house or set of holes in the ice, they can
easily aim the camera in the right compass direction to quickly bring into view one's bait,
lure, and nearby bottom or structure. (Some DT users take notes, while other simply
remember relevant compass readings.)
STANDARD OPERATING mode - STANDARD OPERATING mode is for plain
and simple viewing, without directional indications and/or temperature readings on the
screen.
NOTE: The three mode names - "Absolute," "Relative" and "Standard Operating" - do not
appear on buttons, switches, or the monitor screen. Simply press the MODE button to
advance among your Aqua-Vu DT's viewing modes.
TEMP-TECH FEATURE: KNOWING WATER TEMPERATURE
Your Aqua-Vu DT is equipped with Nature Vision's Temp-Tech, a standard
feature beginning with Aqua-Vu's 2002 models. While viewing the underwater
world, the user sees a continuously updated water temperature reading on
the lower right portion of the monitor screen. The temperature reading comes up
automatically, about 10 seconds after the unit is turned on or after selecting Relative,
Absolute, and Temp-Only modes.
(In Standard Operating mode your DT monitor shows only the underwater view with no
temperature, depth or directional readings.)
Temp-Tech enables the angler to link water temperature and fish location patterns, and to
explore relationships between temperature and fish behavior - including responsiveness
to baits and lures. (Note: The temperature reading is accurate only in the water, not in the
air.)
THE BATTERY AND CHARGER
The Aqua-Vu DT includes a 12-volt, 7-amp sealed and spillproof lead acid battery
designed to fit securely in the carrying shuttle. The battery has a one-way relief valve to
release excessive gas pressure in case of improper charging. (For battery installation, see
No. 3 in the "Easy Setup" section towards the front of this manual.)
Make sure the battery is fully charged before each use. Recharging after every viewing
session is recommended. Expect 8 to 12 hours of continuous operation from a fully
charged battery, depending on use of the Multi-Color lights. Cold temperatures will also
reduce operating time.
Following a few simple rules will prolong battery life and contribute to efficient use of
your Aqua Vu DT:
• Charge the battery as soon as possible after purchase.
• Store the battery at moderately cool temperatures. Service life is considerably
shortened at temperatures above 85 degrees F.
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• Fasten the battery securely in its compartment, and minimize shock to the battery.
• Guard against overcharging. The 500 mA charger provided will not
overcharge the battery in most cases. Do not leave the charger connected
for more than 24 hours. Do not use a charging system with more than a
2-amp output. High rates of charge can heat up and destroy a battery in a
few hours.
• Avoid prolonged battery storage without charging. Batteries stored in a
discharged state may initially appear to be damaged and will accept less
current than normal. Usually the battery will accept increasing amounts of
current, but may take longer than normal to reach a fully charged state. If
there is no response the battery may have been discharged too long to
recover. Freezing a discharged battery may permanently damage it.
• Always dispose of a battery in a legal and environmentally safe way.
THE FUSE
Between the "Camera In" and "Video out" ports is a "1 AMP" fuse compartment.
(A fuse is factory installed.) This fuse is designed to blow when the battery is connected
backwards, or if a short occurs in the system. If the fuse is blown replace it with a
standard 1 amp automotive fuse available at hardware and auto parts stores. To remove
the fuse, push the cap in and rotate counter-clockwise.
VIDEO RECORDING WITH THE AQUA-VU DT
Your Aqua-Vu DT's "Video-Out" jack is for connecting your DT to a hand-held
camcorder, or to a larger external monitor. The DT will work with any camcorder or any
monitor that accepts the NTSC video signal (the North American standard) and has a
"Video-In" jack. Use an RCA-style patch cord that comes with most camcorders (also
available at most consumer electronics stores.)
For video recording, plug one end of the cord into the "Video-Out" jack on the DT; plug
the other end into the "Video-In" jack on your camcorder. You should be able to watch
your Aqua-Vu monitor and record at the same time.
CARING FOR YOUR AQUA-VU DT
Your DT requires minimal "common sense" maintenance.
1. The battery requires regular charging. (See battery charging
instructions.) Always disconnect the DT red and black power leads before
charging the battery. Never charge while the unit is connected.
2. Clean the monitor and camera lens periodically by using mild dish washing
soap, warm water, and a very soft cloth. Do NOT use window cleaner or
alcohol-based products, since they may cause permanent fogging.
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3. Periodically run your fingers over the entire length of the cable,feeling for nicks or
other cable damage. A damaged cable should be returned to the
factory for repair. (See the Service section of this manual.)
4. As a precautionary measure, dry off your monitor after it gets wet from
rain or boat spray.
5. Never tug on fishing line that accidentally gets wrapped around the camera cable. Line
can cut and damage the cable..
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW FAR CAN I SEE?
Naturally, the clearer the water, the farther you can see. As a general rule, the camera can
see twice as far as the human eye in water - meaning that if you can see 3 feet down you
will be able to see approximately 6 feet in front of the camera. But this is just a rule of
thumb, and all bodies of water will vary. For anglers studying bottom structure, 2 feet of
visibility is sufficient for underwater viewing.
WHEN DO I USE THE MULTI-COLOR LIGHTS?
The Multi-Color lights in your DT camera are designed for use in low-light situations.
Turn the power switch to the "ON/LIGHT" position for maximum visibility in low light. The
Multi-Color lights will provide a minimum of twice the visibility of traditional infrared
lights in darkness.
HOW DO I STEER THE CAMERA?
For open-water viewing in the direction of travel use the Front-viewing Fin. Slowly troll
(less than 2 mph) or drift along the structure you intend to view. With the Front-viewing
Fin, the camera will face the boats direction of travel. The opposite holds true when using
the Back-viewing Fin which positions the camera for viewing in the direction opposite
from the boats travel. (The Back-viewing Fin, not included with the unit, is available from
dealers or online at www.aquavu.com.)
CAN I SPLICE THE CAMERA CABLE TO OBTAIN MORE LENGTH?
No. Attempting to splice in additional cable violates the waterproof integrity of the camera
and cable, voiding the warranty.
CAN I ATTACH MY CAMERA TO A DOWNRIGGER?
Yes, by using the Cam-Rigger accessory. You can attach your camera to your
downrigger cable at any depth, allowing you to watch your lure - given
adequate water clarity. “cam-rigger is available through dealers or at
www.aquavu.com.
HOW FAST CAN I TROLL WITH MY CAMERA?
It depends on depth, and also on the length of cable you have out, which
determines water resistance or "drag." The deeper you go, with more cable
out, the more drag there will be, requiring slower travel for good viewing.
Generally, for best viewing, we recommend going less than 2 miles per hour.
Remember, the slower you go, the more detail you will see.
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CAN I USE MY DT IN SALTWATER?
Yes. All Aqua-Vu cameras are saltwater-rated, using stainless steel
hardware and materials that are impervious to corrosion.
WILL MY DT WORK IN SUBFREEZING CONDITIONS?
Aqua-Vu systems are designed to operate at temperatures ranging from minus-40 to 120
degrees F. Expect your battery life to decrease in cold conditions.
WHAT IS THE VIEWING ANGLE OF THE CAMERA?
Your camera lens has a viewing angle of 92 degrees. At 4-1/2 feet in front
of the camera you will be viewing an image approximately 6 feet wide.
WHAT IS THE RESOLUTION OF MY MONITOR SCREEN?
Your screen has 420 lines of resolution for crystal-clear viewing.
CAN I CONNECT MY AQUA-VU TO A LARGER MONITOR OR TO A
HAND-HELD RECORDER?
Yes. For use in a permanent fish house or in a large boat with a built-in video system,
your Aqua Vu can be hooked up to a larger external TV, provided it has a "VIDEO-IN" jack.
The same holds true for a hand-held video recorder. See the "Video Recording with the
Aqua-Vu DT" section of this manual for more details.
IS AQUA-VU LEGAL?
To our knowledge, there are no restrictions anywhere that regulate the use
of Aqua-Vu underwater viewing systems. Aqua-Vu is an approved pre-fishing
tool for B.A.S.S. And P.W.T. events, and for other tournament trails across
the country.
SOME CAUTIONARY NOTES
* The Multi-Color lights are extremely intense. Do not stare directly into
the lights.
* The charger supplied with this unit does not disconnect or turn off
automatically when a full charge is reached. Please use caution when
charging your battery.
* When adjusting the angle of the monitor, always completely loosen the
thumbscrews to avoid damaging the teeth on the mounting bracket. Tighten
the thumbscrews when the monitor is at the desired angle. Always make sure
the thumbscrews are tight after tilting the monitor down for carrying or
stowing.
* Always keep camera cable away from propellers.
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TROUBLE-SHOOTING
NOTHING HAPPENS (SCREEN FAILS TO LIGHT UP) WHEN THE SWITCH
IS IN EITHER THE ON OR ON/LIGHT POSITION
* Battery not connected. Properly connect the battery: red to red, black to black.
* Battery not charged.
* Fuse may be blown. (See The Fuse section of this manual.)
THE SCREEN LIGHTS UP, BUT I SEE NO PICTURE
* Camera cable is disconnected. (Plug the camera cable into the "Camera In" jack.
* Camera cable might be damaged. (Consult the "Service" section in this manual.)
SCREWS FOR BALLAST WEIGHTS AND FRONT-VIEWING FIN WON'T GO THROUGH
HOLES IN THE RUBBER CAMERA HOUSING
* With a screwdriver, screw the bolts through the predrilled holes. (The holes are a little
undersized for firmly gripping the bolts to prevent their loss.)
I LOWER THE CAMERA TO THE BOTTOM BUT CAN'T SEE ANYTHING
* The camera may be buried in soft bottom! (Raise the camera off the bottom.)
* The water might be very murky. Select the ON-LIGHT position on the DT switch to activate the Multi-Color lights in your camera for viewing in low-light conditions.
THERE IS A NICK IN THE CAMERA CABLE
* See the "Service" section of this manual for instructions on returning the camera for
repair.
THE IMAGE ON MY SCREEN HAS A DARK MARGIN AROUND IT, OR GETS BLURRY
* You're seeing on-screen symptoms of a weakening battery. Charge the battery, or install
a charged battery.
I GET NO DIRECTIONAL DISPLAY ON THE SCREEN - NO ARROW
(RELATIVE DIRECTION MODE) AND/OR NO COMPASS READING
(ABSOLUTE DIRECTION MODE)
* The unit might be in the wrong mode. Remember Standard Operating mode doesn’t
display direction information. With unit turned on, try pressing the MODE button (below
handle on Carrying Shuttle) to change modes. Press it again and pause. Press it again.
If you see no directional reading on the screen, see the "How to Obtain Service" section in
this manual.
THERE'S NO WATER TEMPERATURE READING ON THE SCREEN
* The unit might be in Standard Operating mode, which doesn't show
temperature. Press the MODE button and wait a few seconds. Press it again,
if necessary. If no on-screen temperature reading appears regardless of
Mode, see the "How to Obtain Service" section in this manual.
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ONE-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
Nature Vision, Inc., warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for one year from the date of purchase. This warranty applies to customers who
properly fill out, clip, and return the warranty card included on the back cover of this
manual. Failure to complete and return the warranty card voids this warranty. Nature
Vision, Inc., will, at its sole discretion and without charging the customer, repair or
replace any components that fail in normal use. Failures due to abuse, misuse, or unauthorized alteration or repair, are not
covered. The warranty is valid only for the original owner.
EXTENDED WARRANTY
A two-year extended warranty is available through Nature Vision, Inc. You may purchase
this warranty within 30 days of purchasing the unit. Use the order form in this manual or
visit www. aquavu.com
HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE
We want our products to provide you with a pleasant on-the-water experience. That
means maximum customer satisfaction. If you have a problem with your unit within 30
days of purchase, you may return it to your retailer for replacement (subject to retailer's
stock). After 30 days, please contact the factory for a return authorization number (RA#).
No service returns will be accepted without this pre-return authorization, which must be
clearly marked on the outside of the returned package. Nature Vision, Inc., retains the
exclusive right to repair or replace the unit at its discretion.
To obtain a Return Authorization Number, contact the factory at (866) 777-0733.
You may also e mail service requests to aquavu@naturevisioninc.com.
The customer is responsible for shipping costs associated with returning the unit to
Nature Vision, Inc. Nature Vision, Inc., will pay for shipping the repaired unit back to the
customer. After obtaining a Return Authorization Number, the unit should be securely
packed and shipped ("pre-paid freight" and insured) to Nature Vision , Inc., at:
Nature Vision, Inc.
RA#____________
213 NW 4th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Canadian customers please return to:
Nature Vision, Inc.
C/O Unicity One Step
RA#_____________
1460 Clarence Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3T 1T6
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