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Satellite TV antenna dish aiming angle / pointing calculator for India with map

Choose your desired satellite orbit longitude in box:

You must select the satellite first and then move the map.  If you change satellite, drag the map nearby the original point till the satellite pointing angles calculate again. I updated the list of satellites 26 April 2020.

Instructions for people in India

Choose the satellite you want to see using the pull down menus at box at the lower left.  Then, drag to map using your mouse cursor to move the map near your location.  The map image will move so that the chosen point is in the centre. The latitude and longitude of the dot at the centre of the map is then displayed below the map, together with your satellite dish pointing angles: azimuth, elevation and polarisation.

To improve accuracy, click on the plus sign + in the scale box at the side of the map.  The scale changes so that you can home in accurately on your location.  Repeat several times.  Select Streets or Satellite version and see the satellite photo image of the ground. The satellite view may help for more remote locations without detailed street shown.

Dish pointing (Azimuth and elevation mount):

Set the dish elevation (up/down) angle first. There may be a scale on the back. An inclinometer may be of use if you know the dish elevation offset angle. Set the feed rotation polarisation angle also. There may be polarisation rotation scale on the LNB feed horn throat. Facing the satellite, clockwise polarisation is positive, negative is anticlockwise. For the azimuth angle (sideways) use a magnetic compass and swing the dish boldly sideways to 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. Lyngsat listings of Satellite TV in India.

The India map comes with the following cities and towns marked Amritsar, New Delhi, Jaipur, Kanpur, Patna, Varanasi, Ahmadabad, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Madurai. As you expand the scale to look more closely, you will see more towns marked and named.  The starting satellite shown is  INSAT-3D at 82 deg east longitude, above the equator. There are Intelsat birds at around  60, 62 and 64 deg E.  You can try INSAT 3DR at 74 deg east longitude and INSAT 4B at 85.5 E. Choose your required satellite from the pull down list.

Dish pointing with a polar mount

I have added (May 2020) details of the angles to use if you are setting up a polar mechanism. In this case you aim the entire mechanism due north/south and then apply the main axis angle and a small downward tilt  There are more details and several examples on how to set up a polar mount.

Safety Warning:

The results of this page may be in error.  The latitude and longitude are not intended for the navigation of aircraft, ship or other vehicle purposes. Dish pointing angles may be wrong. Magnetic azimuth bearings are approximate.

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.

I believe there is a Viasat LinkStar hub satellite plus previous ViaSat installations of Skylinx and StarWire mesh networking systems, as well as a 9-meter ViaSat antenna at the hub in Voida.

Maps not working ?

April 2020: This web page is presently set to display only Mapbox/OpenStreetMap using Mapbox GL JS method.  I did try a system whereby before midnight GMT Google maps with house images were displayed and from midnight GMT to 0800 GMT Mapbox/OpenStreetMap images are displayed. This was an experimental feature to try and overcome a limit in the number of downloads per day but proved too complicted to maintain.

Map images on this page potentially cost me money each time they are clicked as there is a limit of free useage, which I have on occasion exceed at some cost. This the need for some on-page advertising!

This page is Copyright Satellite Signals Limited (c) 2007 All rights reserved. Please report any copyright infringements to eric@satsig.net , also feedback on technical errors or problems with this page. Thanks

Page started 31 May 2007, was amended 25 Aug 2007, 12 Sept 2008, and 26 Feb 2013 Google Maps V3+key. Approximate azimuth compass direction line added.    Updated for responsiveness to mobile devices with small screens 24 July 2015 and amended for HTML5 and list of satellites updated 7 Jan 2019. Updated to Mapbox GL JS with embedded Mapbox GL JS and CSS 5 May 2020 at 11:14am