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Quick Links : Latest Satellite & VSAT News Latest Topics in the Community Main Satcoms UK Community Index Latitude & Longitude, Azimuth & Elevation Dish Antenna Pointing Tools, Link Budget Calculators & Software The following tutorials will help you understand and guide you through the basics of satellite communications These are the free online satellite link budget calculators


What is Azimuth and Elevation?

Azimuth (sometimes known as 'Az') is the angle of rotation from True North. 0° being North and 180° being South. Elevation (sometimes known as 'El') is the pointing angle up from the ground or horizon. 0° is the horizontal angle looking along the ground and 90° is the vertical straight up or 'zenith' pointing angle. In the northern hemisphere the angles are different to those in the southern hemisphere. This is because below the equator you would look north to the equator and to the satellite but in the northern hemisphere you would look south to the equator. This is determined by your Lat and Long (Latitude and Longitude) which is your position. When at or near the equator the angles are more extreme. Elevation angles are almost 90° pointing straight up and the azimuth angle becomes much more significant.

Latitude and Longitude Finder

Dish Antenna Lat & Long (Latitude and Longitude), pointing & alignment tool. See also the menu at the top of this page to explore the rest of Satcoms UK. Tutorials, articles, forums, jobs, news and so much more.

Latitude Longitude Finder - Free Azimuth & Elevation Dish Antenna Pointing & Alignment Calculator

Select the satellite and set your location/zip/postcode, then press 'Return'. If you only need your Lat & Long (Latitude & Longitude) then just set your location/zip/postcode and move the marker to your exact location then read off your Latitude and Longitude below the map. Use the arrows and + / - to move and zoom in / out. You can also drag the map with your mouse. (See the map on the right --->)

Drag the map and move the marker to your exact location. The line is showing the path to the selected satellite. If the line is green then you should be able to see the satellite using the angles provided below the map. If the line is red then you probably can't as it is most likely below the horizon. You should also check the coverage maps for your particular satellite as you may be able to see the satellite but still not receive anything. Your Latitude and Longitude is displayed under the map along with the pointing angles and LNB skew angle for the chosen satellite.

You can use this tool in combination with our online Satellite Link Budget calculators and satellite footprint coverage maps to determine satellite link performance and parameters.

Here is a list of links to some of the available SES-ASTRA satellite footprints - use the interactive fleet map to access the beam contours and EIRP information - and SES-SIRIUS satellite footprints. See also the LyngSat website for more satellite beam contour maps.

This tool calculates the Azimuth, Elevation, or Latitude and Longitude and also shows your location and the path to the satellite. LNB Skew is also calculated. See our VSAT Installation Tutorials for a step by step guide to installing your antenna. The following are YouTube videos describing how to install your own antenna.


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