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

Choose your desired orbit longitude and satellite in the box below

You must select the satellite first and then click on the map.  If you change satellite, click the map again nearby the original point till the satellite pointing angles calculate again.

Instructions for people wanting dish pointing help in Pakistan

Choose the satellite you want to watch using the pull down menu box at the lower left under the map. Using your mouse cursor move it near your location and then double click the left hand button, or simply drag the map.  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 get close to your house, click on the plus sign + in the array of navigation boxes at the top left side of the map.  The map scale will change so that you can home in accurately on your location.  Repeat.  If you choose Satellite or Hybrid version you will see the satellite photo image of the ground and perhaps a view of your own house as seen from space !  Not everywhere is yet available at the highest resolution.

Satellite TV Dish pointing (Azimuth and elevation i.e. up/down and sideways adjustment mount):  Set the dish elevation (up/down) angle first.   There may be a scale on the bracket at 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 LNBF 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 Pakistan.

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 south satellite.   Motor rotation angles to the east are positive, to the west negative.

The Pakistan map comes with the following cities and towns marked: Hyderabad, Jacobabad, Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, Quetta, Peshawar, Gwadar, Ormara and Karachi .  As you expand the scale to look more closely, you will need to identify your town and roads yourself from local knowledge.

The starting satellite shown is New Skies NSS-6 at 95 east, INSAT is at 74 deg east longitude, above the equator. Choose your required satellite.

Safety Warning:  The dish pointing angle results of this page may be wrong.  The latitude and longitude are not intended for the navigation of aircraft, ship or other vehicle purposes.   Magnetic azimuth bearings are approximate and based on my earth's magnetic field model.  Use is therefore entirely at your own risk.  Use your common sense.  Take care with satellite dish pointing to not injure others by dropping tools or hurting yourself by falling down.

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The list was last updated 17 Dec 2018

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