by: Maciej Grzegorczyk • 21.7K
Finding satellites positions and aiming antennas were though task a few years ago. Now, thanks to Android and the effort of some developers, we can turn out smartphones in testers and antenna pointers.
SatFinder uses GPS technology to show your position (coordinates), aiming accuracy, city and street. In order words, it locates your to help you set an accurate satellite pointing.
Below your location info, you can find the satellites you want to point to and its azimuth, elevation, LNB tilt and compass degrees. This way you can set accurate pointing just by fixing your smartphone to your antenna and moving it.
What's more, it makes the most of your camera and augmented reality technology to show satellites position. Aim with your camera the sky and start viewing satellites in AR. In addition, you can see antenna pointer on a map. It also includes a whole world FTA and encrypted channels database.
The only catch: it takes too long to set your location. However, AR features makes the difference. In summary, an useful tool to point your antennas to the right satellite.
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by Manu , Appszoom
Sep 25, 2012
SatFinder (Satellite Finder) is a tool which will help you to set up satellite dish. It will give you azimuth, elevation and LNB tilt for your location (based on GPS) and chosen satellite from list. The result is shown both as numeric data and graphical on google maps. It has also built in compass which will help you to find proper satellite azimuth. It also can use augmented reality to show where is satellite on camera view.
Compass works only on devices with compass sensor (magnetometer).
How to use this app:
1. First of all, you should enable GPS and Internet on your phone. Remember – in most cases it is impossible to receive GPS signal inside buildings. So if you want to get very accurate location – please go near windows or go even outside.
In current app version location should be found quite immediately. So if you stuck with ‘no location’ message please make ensure that you got enabled all required features/permissions.
2. If app found your location, you must select desired satellite. To do this you must find icon with magnification glass and tap it. On the list you will find all satellites with elevation angle above zero degrees. Remember: satellite name doesn’t affect the calculation of angles. Important thing is satellite position.
3. The azimuth, elevation and skew angle is calculated for your location and chosen satellite. Under calculated values there is a compass with graphical representation of azimuth angle. The azimuth angle is calculated with magnetic inclination. Remember – every time you use compass – you should calibrate it. Green line represents your phone azimuth. So if on compass green and red indicators are on each other – front of the phone should show you direction to the satellite. If the compass value is correct – phone azimuth value will go green.