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Satellite dish pointing calculator: USA

Choose satellite:

Choose the wanted satellite geostationary orbit longitude position using the pull down menu. Drag the map slightly to get the calculations redone and the new blue azimuth line drawn.

Quick reference:

For Dish network satellite direction, select -110 and -119 West orbit position.  Channel list 110W    Channel list 119W

For DirecTV network, select -95, -99 or -103 orbit position. Channel list 95W    Channel list 99W    Channel list 103W

To put your site location in the middle, drag the map. I have removed the Geocoding option to enter your ZIP code or your town name to save money.

To refine the accuracy, click on the plus sign in the navigation boxes at the upper left side of the map.  The scale will magnify so that you can home in accurately on your location. Repeat. If Google type map is shown, choose the Map, or Satellite version to see the satellite photo image of the ground or even your house !

This page is not free of charge since Google started charging me in mid 2018. To keep costs down I have removed the option to centre the map by typing in your place name. I have also removed the street view option (orange peg-man icon).  This page now includes more advertisements. Please do not refresh this page. At times this page will display Mapbox/OpenStreetMap images instead of failing when my daily allowance runs out.

Dish pointing (Azimuth and elevation mount):

Set the dish elevation angle first.   This is the up/down angle.  Use the elevation scale on the back of the dish.    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.   Face the satellite, clockwise is positive.   Polarisation must be set to 1 deg accuracy for transmit dishes and this normally involves talking to the VSAT hub. 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 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 south satellite.   Motor rotation angles to the east are positive, to the west negative.

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 towards 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.

This page is on the web site and is strictly Copyright Satellite Signals Limited (c) 2006 - 2015 All rights reserved.

Please report any copyright infringements to , also feedback on technical errors or problems with this page.

I've spend several days 'improving' this page in early May 2014 in order to try and make it display an acceptable output on small screens, such as on mobile phones and tablet devices, with at least 360, 480, 768, 1024 pixel width. Please tell me of any problems as I have no such devices to test.

If you notice that any of the satellites listed in the pull down menu list are in the wrong place, with wrong name etc or you want additions or deletions please say.  Thanks.

Page started 1 June 2006,  amended 25 May 2017 small screens, amended HTML5 16 May 2018.  Updated list of satellites 19 Dec 2018. Facebook button 14 June 2018. Mapbox option added 13 Mar 2019. 22 Mar 2019. 25 Jan 2020.