Hackszine reader Alan writes:
Anyone who ever installed a satellite dish knows how frustrating it is to point the dish at the satellite somewhere in the sky. I’ve created a unique tool which calculates the dish angle based on user location and then draws a line on the Google Maps satellite image. You can actually see your house, mark the dish position and then see where to aim the satellite dish.
I’ve tested it on many installations and the accuracy is amazing, it gets it spot on.
The site is a UK site but the tool works world wide for any satellite and any location. This is a genuinely useful tool for a lot of people.
This is pretty neat. In addition to just drawing a line on the map, you can see how far the satellite is from your location and what the proper elevation angle should be on the dish. This could be useful for determining the nearest or least obstructed satellite for your home.
Google Maps Satellite Alignment Calculator – Link