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Due South Satellite Question?

catmar

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Opentech ODS3000Ci Digital Satellite Receiver twin CI,
Diablo Light Cam,
80 cm Prime Focus Dish, HH140ALU Manhattan Motor, GTSAT GT-S40 LNB - NF 0.2db.
My Location
Malta
#1
As a complete beginner and not understanding this nearest due south satellite thingy and most other things, which is my nearest due south satellite.

My pos is Marsaskala, 35.867°N, 14.562°E Malta in the Med

Thanks in advance
 

Robbo

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Gravesend,Kent,UK
#2
Hi,
It's just the satellite that is closest to your longitude.

In your case either Hotbird (13E) or Eutelsat W2 (16E).

Try Hotbird, the signal will be stronger.
 

catmar

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Opentech ODS3000Ci Digital Satellite Receiver twin CI,
Diablo Light Cam,
80 cm Prime Focus Dish, HH140ALU Manhattan Motor, GTSAT GT-S40 LNB - NF 0.2db.
My Location
Malta
#3
Thanks Robbo that clears it up for me, appreciate the response.
 

Topper

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Blackburn, Lancashire
#4
Just to clarify the reason you need to find your due South sat is as follows

The Clarke curve when viewed from any location on earth appears as an arc.
Obviously that arc has two low points on either end and one high point in the middle. If you set up your system based upon your due South satellite and that then becomes your zero degrees and is the high point of the arc, then everything else should fall in to place either side of that whether using Polar Mount or H-H .
 

catmar

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Opentech ODS3000Ci Digital Satellite Receiver twin CI,
Diablo Light Cam,
80 cm Prime Focus Dish, HH140ALU Manhattan Motor, GTSAT GT-S40 LNB - NF 0.2db.
My Location
Malta
#5
Great explanation thanks Topper...one more piece of the puzzle falls into place.

Now to study more and think of the next question for you knowledgeable guys out there.
 

Robbo

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#6
catmar said:
Thanks Robbo that clears it up for me, appreciate the response.
No problem.

Have a look at the stickys at the top of this section also, the tutorials are very good.

If you get stuck though, there's nearly always someone who can offer advice.