Google Earth

 

Just a curious question. Is there anywhere a person can go to attempt to get your town to show up better in satellite view? I can see better detail in a lot of smaller areas around us (Dubuque, IA) than I can here. I realize this is probably complicated but I'd sure like to request better resolution if there was a place to request it.

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NUVI 660, Late 2012 iMac, Macbook 2.1 Fall 2008, iPhone6 , Nuvi 3790, iPad2

Have you tried Google maps

Have you tried Google maps and used the street view?

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

www.terraserver.com

You can try www.terraserver.com
Its a subscription site, but you can see images of locations with their logo covering part of the screen for free.

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I plan to live forever. So far, so good.

Satellite view

The Google photos are good for part of our area but no one has the satellite view clear close enough to see any detail. TerraServer isn't any better. I wonder who does this photography.

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NUVI 660, Late 2012 iMac, Macbook 2.1 Fall 2008, iPhone6 , Nuvi 3790, iPad2

Who Do

geochapman wrote:

I wonder who does this photography.

Satellites DOOOOOOOOO

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I think he was asking about

I think he was asking about the companies that own or buy the images from the satellites.

Might be right.... BUT !

ebrennan wrote:

I think he was asking about the companies that own or buy the images from the satellites.

He probably did mean that.

But that is not what he said. And if I used what he thought he was saying I would not have been able to have fun with it!!!

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But--

Someone has to make the satellites do their thing so you didn't really answer that question. But I get the point. Now who would a person complain to about the lack of good pictures?

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NUVI 660, Late 2012 iMac, Macbook 2.1 Fall 2008, iPhone6 , Nuvi 3790, iPad2

Google Earth

geochapman wrote:

The Google photos are good for part of our area but no one has the satellite view clear close enough to see any detail.

I feel your pain. The next time you're in Google Earth look at Ashtabula County, Ohio. Just about the entire county is blurry. When I put together the Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County, I was frustrated trying to visually confirm the precise locations of the bridges. The counties that border Ashtabula are fine. Go figure.

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450

Keep checking

The area around the building I've been designing was obscured for a long time, but now you can see the steel beams in the Google map.

Whoever supplies the photos seems to be constantly updating the resolution, albeit slowly, so you might get clearer picture in the near future.

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nüvi 750 & 760

QuickBird Images from Digital Globe

Google Earth began with a base map using Landsat imagery with a 28.5 meter resolution. As better images are available, they update their maps.

Much of the hi-res imagery on Google Earth comes from QuickBird images supplied by Digital Globe (DG). DG will acquire these images for anyone who is willing to pay a premium to order them. As the images are added to their catalog, others can then purchase the same scenes at a discount. For most of us, this is still $1000+ for an area of perhaps 11km X 13km.

While I am not privy to the details, I assume Google has a deal with DG to add new images at a great discount. This is why the resolution keeps getting better. In many areas you will see a copyright notice for DG, Tele Atlas and other providers on the bottom of the Google Earth screen.

When available, aerial photography will replace satellite images. This is generally higher res than can be done with commercial satellites. For example, the state of Massachusetts paid to have complete aerial photography done. Google has made an arrangement with MA to use these images for most of the state.

Check this out:
While in Google Earth navigate to an area with the DG images. Then in the Layers panel on the left expand the "More" item and you should see one for DigitalGlobe Coverage. Check this and rectangles outlining all the DG images will appear. You can then click on the DG icon to see a browse image with contact info in case you want to purchase it, assuming you have a few extra dollars. laugh out loud

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Larry ... Garmin Nuvi 650

Local.Live.Com

Try Microsoft live search. www.local.live.com. Seems to have better images in some areas than Google Earth does.

not much detail in rural areas

first thing i noticed after loading google earth over a year ago was that there isn't much detail at all in rural areas especially with a lot of forest. i can't see much either in their views of northwest Penna. -- elk county.

oh well!

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PS another thought

i guess it might be a good thing that satellites aren't looking at quite everything yet what with pres. bush signing another spying bill into law.

we have enough surveillance going on as it is!

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Winston Churchill said, “Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing, after exhausting all other possibilities.”

Don't be fooled by the

Don't be fooled by the quality of the images available to us lowly peons. Google, Yahoo and the others only display a minute fraction of what is available to the government.