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Solar Outage - As a pointing tool

Discussion in 'Free To Air (FTA) Discussion' started by pacificrim, Oct 11, 2018.

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    pacificrim Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Pro
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    I was wondering what my furthest west satellite was, so today I looked up 177w in the solar outage calculator to see what time the sun would be at 177w - it listed it as 5:00pm for my location. At that time I swung my dish all the way until it was eclipsing the center plate. I then noted the position on my ASC1. Later, after the outage, I managed to get a decent signal from one transponder even though it is a circular beam.

    Too bad there is nothing to watch on that satellite, but my question was easily answered.
    FYI - dishpointer said it was blocked by a small mountain but it wasn't.


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    Yes, only a couple religious channels and an MTN slate. I moved my fixed dish back to 180 to watch ABC Australia with a slab in the lnbf.


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    I don't have 3 more degrees in either my actuator or line of sight. 177 is now my furthest west. Wow, the sun sure is handy! I'm glad they invented it. ;-)
     
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    Its too bad my Corotor II + is not the wide model. That one does circular and linear. I guess I'll keep an eye out for used one.
     
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