Aiming the 1000.2 dish on a tripod (1 Viewer)

fredbon

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We RV travel several months each summer(Western US), using a DishPro 500 mounted on a tripod. When we move to a new location, it takes me approximately 10-15 minutes to aim the dish for the new location. I would like to take full advantage of the HD features on our 722 receiver. If I upgrade to 1000.2 dish, how hard will it be to aim the unit for each new location. The Winegard tripod has a leveling bubble, and I use Align-A-Site to aid in the aiming.
 

Cyrll

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If you have to do a LOT of re positioning, a BirdDog/SatBuddy might be a good investment. 1000.2's aren't THAT much more difficult to aim, but that 129 orbital can be tough to hit. At least in my area, it sits pretty low in the sky.
 

bentjm

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I saw that. But, if it is taking him 15 min to aim a 500, then I believe that it will take much longer to aim a 1000.2 - 129 is pretty low in the sky. So, even though he would have to change receivers, it may be worth it to him.
 

fredbon

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Thanks for the replies. I thought it would be just as hard for the roof mounted units to find the 129 bird, if it sits so low in the sky. In the Pacific Northwest the 119 bird sits at about 34 degrees, is the 129 that much lower?
 

Brussam

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Aiming a 1000.2 is no harder than a 500. The OP has most of the equipment needed. If the mast is vertical and the Skew is set, when you hit 119, 110 and 129 will be on the arc.

129 is a problem on the East Coast where it is low in the horizon, not a problem in the West.

I would get a Heavier Duty Tripod for the 1000.2 from TV4RV.com.

I use an Accutrac 22 Pro for a meter to make it easier to aim the dish when far from the trailer.
 

Cyrll

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Thanks for the replies. I thought it would be just as hard for the roof mounted units to find the 129 bird, if it sits so low in the sky. In the Pacific Northwest the 119 bird sits at about 34 degrees, is the 129 that much lower?

According to Dishpointer, 110 sits at about 36 degrees, and 119/129 at 38ish. This is looking at Portland Oregon. If I were you. I'd aim at 119 with the correct skew. Should pull in all the sats that way.Again, if you can afford to invest in a signal meter, life will be a LOT easier. They are expensive though.

Failing that, if you have an iPhone or an Android, the DishPointer app is awesome for getting a sat aligned.
 

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