If you have coordinates, what is the best way to get a satellite picture of that location?
I use Google Earth for that. You just need to make sure you are using the same coordinate format.
Mapquest will also do it....(street or Aerial image)
degrees or decimal values
Just type the coordinates in the search box.
I perfer google maps...nothing to download and loads soooooooooooooo much faster then google earth.
Google Earth has better resolution than Google Maps if that is an important issue.
Perhaps I have done something wrong, but in the country ( where alot of my customers are) I find google maps better then earth. Both are great in large cities.
They use the same dataset. (Google Maps and Google Earth)
Microsoft Live Maps is good too (maps.live.com). Using the "birds eye" feature you can even make out the type of car it is and see people walking.
Typically, the maps in Google Earth are updated several weeks before the maps in Google Maps.
The guys at GoogleSiteseeing keep a running blog of the updates.
I think google is the easiest then just click on satellite view.
These are OK but kind of fuzzy images
This site also has some good aerial views. It's basically a conversion of wikipedia locations to a map. (I think it is a work still in progress)
And below is a conversion site for decimal to degrees and vise versa.
Thanks MM, that is great to know.
Ok, so you are member of at least 4 forums/blogs/sites. Do you do anything else??? Please don't, cause you are a wealth of info!!!!!!!!!
I used Google Maps to confirm the parks for the Escapees RV Parks file. It worked fine except for the Lakewood, NM park, 32.637183, -104.38205, where the resolution is very poor. But I got the coordinates from the park's website and it shows up on my GPS where it should, so I think it is OK. If anyone can find a satellite view of that location with good resolution, please let me know.
I learned something about getting coordinates from addresses, at least in rural areas where almost all RV parks are: they are almost always off. I used gpsvisualizer to get coordinates from addresses, then used their satellite picture function to see the locations. (It is easy to see RV parks on a satellite picture.) I had to correct almost every one. Visualizer only allowed me to correct to five decimal places, so I wanted to check in reverse by putting in the new coordinates and seeing the picture. It worked fine--5 decimal places is enough.
I think the best site for resolution is flashearth.com In the upper left corner I click the button on the third choice down "Microsoft VE (label)"
I just tried flashearth and the resolution is better than google maps for Lakewood, NM. It's not great, but I can make out the RV park easily which I couldn't do before.
Thanks M M
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