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Satellite antenna aiming and dish pointing calculator for dish sites in Canada

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Instructions pointing for dish sites in Canada

Select your wanted satellite orbit position and name in the box above. The database name may not be up to date, but the orbit positions will work fine.

Quick reference:

For Bell satellite dish pointing select -91 West  (or -82 West) orbit positions.  TV channel listings:  Channels: 91W  Channels: 82 W

Put your mouse arrow at your site location and double click or just 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 angles.  To refine the accuracy, click on the plus + sign at the left side of the map.  The scale will change so that you can home in accurately on your location. Repeat. Choose the Satellite or Hybrid map version to see the satellite photo image of the ground !

This page is not free of charge since Google started charging 16 July 2018. I would like to keep it going but to keep costs down I have removed the option to centre the map by typing in your place name (called geocoding). I have also removed the street view option (which involved orange peg-man icon).  This page now includes more advertisements. At certain times of day, maps from Mapbox / Open Street Map will appear, especially once my free monthly allowance of useage of Google maps has run out about the middle of the month!. Please do not keep reloading the map. Just do it once and then keep it open on your screen, but not more than 12 hours as that incurs extra charge!.

Dish pointing (Azimuth and elevation mount):

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 polarization or skew angle also. This involves either rotating the LNB or the entire dish assembly.  There may be a polarization rotation scale on the feed throat or behind the dish.   Facing the satellite, clockwise is positive.   For the azimuth bearing 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 the aiming 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 polar mount 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.

In northern Canada the use of magnetic compass bearing is unreliable and a true bearing will be shown. This occurs north of the 60 deg latitude line. To determine a true bearing reference find north with the pole star or use a hand held GPS.  Walk in a straight line holding the GPS and it will tell you the true bearing of that direction of walking.

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 or may not be available, particularly in northern Canada.  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.

This page is on the web site and is strictly Copyright Satellite Signals Limited (c) 2006 All rights reserved. Please tell me, about any technical errors or problems with this page. Thank you.

Page started 1 June 2006, amended for mobile screens,  last amended 23 May 2019. 25 Jan 2020.

Updated list of satellites 19 Dec 2018 and earth's magnetic field 8 April  2018