Astra 19.2 and Sky mini-dish

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#1
I have 2 question regarding Sky mini-dish.

First, I want to ask if anyone here has experience with Sky zone1 mini-dish and Astra19.2, particularly in southeast. Is it workable?

Second, does anybody have a picture of zone1 and zone2 mini-dish next to each other? Could you post it please?

Thanks
 

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Yes a 43cm dish will be ok most of the time in the south east of the UK. You may lose weaker channels during bad weather- use a zone 2 60cm dish if possible
 

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Thanks, that’s excellent. I am really trying not to use the bigger one, it’s a long story. Could I use different (better = 0.2) LNB to make the situation better or is the LNB somehow “matched” to the mini-dish?
 

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You need a peg fitting lnb - & I dont think they do the low noise figure LNB's for Sky dishes. If you want one you are looking at a round 60cm dish.

If at all possible I'd strongly suggest a 60cm zone 2 dish. If its a case of it being too obvious just paint it the same colour as the wall its mounted on.
 

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This may be damn question, but is 60cm the width or height? What is the other dimension of the zone2 dish? I have never seen the zone2 dish in person and I cannot imagine the visual difference. Is it noticeable looking at it?
 

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Here is a zone 1 compared with a zone 2. :)
 

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Thank you so much for that. I think if my wife and/or neighbours see the zone2, they will get hart attack. If I was to modify or make new arm for the zone1 dish to accept some high quality LNB, would that possibly work? Also I have read some other posts here about motorising sky dishes, it has been mentioned that the LNB needs to be doctored, what does that means?

Thank you for your help
 

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#8
Forget about changing the LNB, the one supplied is made for the dish, just make sure that you use a new one. Why are your neighbours so fussy about dishes, it is not unreasonable to have a 65cm dish, in fact you can now have a 1 metre dish under the new rules.

You could always try one of the Technisat 45cm dishes, they have matched LNBs and perform very well. http://www.sateuropa.co.uk/product_overview.asp?id=1023&catid=1&subcat=2
 

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I live in an apartment, lease states no dishes and uptight neighbours = stressed out wife = problems with my toys.

From experience what would you recommend on performance/visual impact ratio as best solution? The zone2, the Technisat or transparent 60cm? The dish will most likely be on small motor.

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#10
If you are having problems with dish visibility, then shoving one on a motor is going to make it even more visible, as it will stick out a lot more. :)

Out of the three choices, the 60cm transparent dish would probably be the least visible, but the zone 2 would hide the motor. :)
 

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Ok, I think its going to be the transparent dish them. Thanks for the help.

I don’t think there is much choice with the motor, otherwise I will have to use dish with 2-3LNB’s and that would have to be even bigger.
 

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Sorry one more thing, would the 0.2 LNB be useful with the transparent dish?
 

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Buy the best LNB you can afford, you wouldn't go too far wrong with an MTI blueline.
 

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rolfw said:
Buy the best LNB you can afford,
Same rule applies with a woman too O-Ha O-Ha :D
 

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Would you say that’s the best money can buy?
 

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toppervte33h said:
Same rule applies with a woman too O-Ha O-Ha :D
LOL, stop mucking about with my pictures. :D :eek:

@ Student, it isn't the best money can buy, but you are not looking to go feed hunting, so it will be a good solution.
 
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