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Satellite dish pointing angle calculator for Australia and New Zealand

Choose orbit longitude and satellite:

Blue direction line ?

Must click on the map after selecting the orbit position.

Instructions for people in Australia and New Zealand

Select your wanted satellite in the box above.  Optus at 160 east longitude  is just an example.

Put your cursor at your location and drag the map.
The map display will move so that the selected point is in the centre. The latitude and longitude of the centre of the map is then shown below the map, together with your satellite dish pointing azimuth, elevation and skew (feed or LNB rotation or polarisation) angles.

To refine the accuracy, click on the plus sign in the map scale changing device at the upper left side of the map.  The scale will change so that you can home in accurately on your location. Repeat. Choose the Map or Satellite view.  Under Map there is a Terrain option. Under Satellite there is a Labels option for town and place names.  The satellite photo image of the ground may enable you to see your house !

Dish pointing (Azimuth and elevation - sideways and up/down movement)

Set the dish elevation angle first.   This is the up/down angle and there may be a scale on the back.  An inclinometer may be of use.    Set the feed polarisation angle also. This involves rotating the LNB.  There may be polarisation rotation scale on the feed throat.   Facing the satellite, a clockwise polarisation angle is positive.

For the sideways azimuth bearing note the blue line, use a compass or just think where the sun is and the time of day and boldly swing the dish sideways.  You should find the satellite on the first swing, then spend half an hour peaking up.  Peaking up is really important for long term service quality and minimum outage time during rain fades.

Dish pointing (Polar mount)

Only your latitude matters.   Set the main motor axis angle and the small downward tilt of the dish and with the motor central align the dish towards the due north satellite.   Motor rotation angles to the east are positive, to the west negative.

If a little Orange man appears in the top left corner this means that Google cameras have driven along roads marked in blue. Try it. Use the pale X in the top right corner to return to normal map view.

The abbreviations on the map refer to: NT Northern Territory, WA Western Australia, SA South Australia, QLD Queensland, NSW New South Wales, TAS Tasmania and VIC Victoria.

Disclaimer and Safety Warning:  The results of this page may be in error,  The latitude and longitude are not intended for the blind navigation of aircraft, ship or other vehicle purposes. Dish pointing angles may be wrong.  Magnetic azimuth bearings are approximate and are not available in the the polar regions.  Use is entirely at your own risk.  Apply common sense and don't believe every number that comes out of a computer system.  Take care with satellite dish pointing to not injure others by dropping tools or hurting yourself by falling down.  Latitude and longitude may not be accurate.  Use GPS as an alternative.

List of satellites

The list of satellites embedded in this page was updated 17 Dec 2018

Maps not working ?

The map images on this page costs me money each time they are clicked so I have implemented a limited daily quota usage.  Prior to the daily quota reset at 8am GMT this page may run out of its daily usage allowance and stop working. If so please try this Mapbox alternative and email me with any feedback. Thanks. This problem is believed to affect mainly people in the region 0 to 75 deg east longitude, so may only rarely affect people in Australia and New Zealand, unless you do your dish pointing at night !.


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Page started 1 June 2006, last updated 6 Jan 2019, HTML5 and with option to turn off the blue direction line.