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andreah1

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We are going to have our dish relocated from the roof to an existing pole about one foot to the east of where it is and approx. 10-15 feet below. I already contacted dish on cost so I'm good with that. BUT, I wanted to see if there was an app or a way to make sure the dish will work from that location? I'm worried because it's closer to the ground it won't have perfect sight to the satellites. I don't know how how up in the sky they are degree/angle-wise. I'm NOT technical in the least so if there's something out there that would help me figure this out before we pay for a service call that would be great - any ideas?
 

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There is an app that you can install on your smart phone that will show you where the satellites are located in the sky using the phones camera to look at the sky and GPS and gyroscope to determine orientation of the phone. Search the Google store or Apple Store for "satellite finder".
 
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There is an app that you can install on your smart phone that will show you where the satellites are located in the sky using the phones camera to look at the sky and GPS and gyroscope to determine orientation of the phone. Search the Google store or Apple Store for "satellite finder".
Thanks, I figured there must be something, there's an app for everything nowadays!
 

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Thanks, I figured there must be something, there's an app for everything nowadays!
This the free app Winegard has. It works well for me...


 
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This the free app Winegard has. It works well for me...


Thank you!
 
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Aren't they built into the phone?
Only some phones have a magnetometer, which is why I mentioned it. My daughter's phone has one, but mine does not. I found this out the hard way trying to locate NEOWISE.
 

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Google comes through:

Samsung Galaxy S20.
Charging25W~45W
Data inputsSensors: Accelerometer Barometer Fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic) Pressure sensor Magnetometer Gyroscope Hall sensor Proximity sensor RGB Light Sensor Other: Physical sound volume keys USB-C
 

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I installed a ton of 12 foot dishes, I used a quality optical grade inclinometer with a sight glass, and an old fashioned compass. Sometimes it is difficult to determine by "eyeball" if those trees are going to be in your way. I never missed with the instruments.
 

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Since Dish uses offset dishes, it is even more difficult to determine if trees will interfere because the actual satellite location is well above the centerline of the reflector.
 

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Ignore the dish, the clinometer trick never fails. One eye sights the elevation angle markings, the other eye sees what the dish will see. Suunto PM5/360PC Clinometer with Percent and Degree Scales
This is what we use. It's the industry standard
 

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This is what we use. It's the industry standard
Mine is in a drawer here someplace. These days, I find the phone AR apps much quicker to use and just as accurate.
 
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Mine is in a drawer here someplace. These days, I find the phone AR apps much quicker to use and just as accurate.
I've never used the Winegard app, but the Dish Pointer Pro and a few others, I've tried to check them against each other and they've been off by a bit
 
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