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Submitted: Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:16
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How close can you get to a place with Google Earth?

Can you zoom in on a place using Longitude and Latitude co-ordinates?

I do not have Broadband so cannot use Google Earth.

I am keen to find an object in the Simpson Desert.

Any help appreciated
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:24

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:24
Willem,
In the Simpson Desert the resolution is not that good. How ever in the city you can seethe colour of the vehicle in the driveway.

I have looked at the Simpson and I can see the dunes and can make out the tracks that go across.

If you send me the co- ordinates I can have a look for you.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Pterosaur - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:31

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:31
G'day Wayne,

just pipped me at the post !

At least you drive a troopy too, :-)

Terry
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:40

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:40
Thanks Wayne and Pterosaur

I am looking for a shiny object. Actually it is an aluminium pole with a flat top to it.

We thought we placed it at 25degrees 22minutes South and 137 degrees 5 minutes East.

Now when we placed this plaque at the approximate Geographical Centre of the Simpson Desert, we were using a sextant to calculate our position. In those days there were no commercial GPS systems available.

It is possible that we made some errors and that the pole is not where it should be.

I am going to look for it again in May this year.

All help appreciated but I won't be disappointed if we cannot see it.
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:10

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:10
Terry,

The vehicles we drive may be slow but we, the drivers, are quick of the mark.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Pterosaur - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:43

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:43
Willem,

not enough detail for your object (IMHO) - plenty of dunes tho'. If your marker was placed more recently than 3 years ago, wouldn't show anyhow.

If you wish, email me at

ttimothyatcurldotaunzdotnet, and I will send you the file, and a screen capture (140kb).

Wayne
:-):-):-):-):-)

Terry
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Follow Up By: Pterosaur - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:45

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:45
Whoops meant to post the above as a reply.

Terry
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:23

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:23
Going to take the GQ Spinifex bashing hay.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:50

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:50
Terry

The pole was planted there in 1987. Email on way
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:56

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:56
Exploder

I will try to avoid the spinifex clumps. Towing a bush trailer as well. Going to be fun.
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Follow Up By: Squizzy - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 19:22

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 19:22
Willem,

When in May are you going to cross the Simpson?

We are also going again in May.

Geoff.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 19:30

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 19:30
G'day Squizzy

I will be coming over from Alice around mid May. Having a rendesvous out there with me other mates around the 15th
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 20:03

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 20:03
Willem, don't tell me you can't remember where you put the blasted thingie?
Google Earth is not so good here - we were trying to find things also - but very good in populated areas we could see faces in windows in Sydney, no kidding!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 20:18

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 20:18
Oh I can remember Ruth. We crossed 345 dunes one way and then 43 dunes sideways. Trouble is I cant figure out how many dunes there were from the French Track lol
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Reply By: Pterosaur - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:29

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:29
G'day Willem,

1. Pretty close - pick out individual buildings in cities - Simpson Desert - probably reasonable sized features (eg sand dunes, clumps of trees etc.,). Generally depends on resolution of the (2-3 years old imagery being used by GE)

2. Yes

3. If you email the coords to me, I'll give it a go - then return the ".kmz" file (or a screen capture) to you & you can use it at an internet access point (all have broadband as far as I know) running GE. Alternatively, convince a local access point to download & install GE (it's only a few MB) and do it yourself.

4. No worries

regards
Terry
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:29

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:29
Hi Wilem,

The level of resolution depends on the area. For example, I can easily make out a 3m x 3m shade sail in my backyard and can see 2 cars in my drive (in Perth). However, go outside of a major area and the photo quality drops off rapidly, hard to make out an individual house, never mind any detail.

To answer your original question, there is the provision to use lat/long and its always displayed, but I have never used it to find a place - but will try now that you have made me think of it. Depending on what you are looking for will depend on whether you can see it. If looking for say a small lake or something, you should easily find it. But if say a tree or similair, i doubt you will be able to make it out due to lack of resolution.

Cheers

Captain
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:52

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:52
Thanks Captain

I am trying to gather as much info as possible on finding the place again.

Cheers
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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:35

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:35
Yep - they apply different res to different areas, depending on what they consider "important"...... suppose its all to do with data storage and they don't see some areas worth the space ! What would they know ? ...... the Simpson is very important ! In fact, shouldn't the "friends OTS" be able to pick out the rubbish on the net, before they go up there for their annual clean-ups ? ;-0)
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 18:01

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 18:01
I burnt some paper left behind by dumb campers last year out there. If we could pick the rubbish out from GE it would keep a lot of people employed :o)
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:57

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 09:57
Willem,

The co-ordinates that you have given are to the east of the Colson Track. I have had a look and unfortunately I can not see anything but sand dunes.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:17

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:17
Willem,

I should have added, east of the Colson Track and north west of Poeppel Corner.

Would that be on the Hay River Track?

Used Google Earth to look at the co- ordinates first , then checked on a map. Ruth I also use paper maps to check the electronic maps.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:54

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:54
Thanks Wayne

The place is closer to the Colson Track than the Hay River Track.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 13:16

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 13:16
Good boy, Wayne - if Willem had just put a mark with pencil on his paper map he might be able to find his thingie again!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 15:22

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 15:22
Ruth

I did mark the place on the paper map....but where the hell is the paper map......LOL. Nineteen years have passed since then.
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Reply By: peterjs - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:20

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:20
Hi Willem, I dont have Broadband but I do have Google Earth, it takes a bit of time to download but works ok. I live where the kbps speed is only 31.2, hope this helps. Pete.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:58

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:58
Thanks Pete, I might try that when it cools down here...lol My speed is 50.6.
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:43

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:43
It was still there last year....
There is a lot larger monument put there nowadays which gives yours shade at certain times of the day...
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:43

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:43
Hahahahaha Grant. Exactly where did you find this???

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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:44

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:44
Bro, it is pretty poor for Australia outside the capitals. For a couple of things you know here. The house and surrounds are not visible, and the dairy roofand yards and calf shed with the associated effluent dams are visible - but difficult to make out what they are. With my cousins home in Berkshire, you can tell if his Citroen has the sunroof open, well nearly. With an earlier picture he had different cars in front and a sun umbrells up in the back garden. No umbrella with the more recent picture.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:59

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 17:59
Ok Bro...thanks
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Reply By: Pterosaur - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:46

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:46
Willem,

not enough detail for your object (IMHO) - plenty of dunes tho'. If your marker was placed more recently than 3 years ago, wouldn't show anyhow.

If you wish, email me at

ttimothyatcurldotaunzdotnet, and I will send you the .kmz file, and a screen capture (140kb).

Terry
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:49

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:49
Willem ,
I was pretty disappointed with Google Earth when I could not even pick out the CSR on it . Maybe I was doing something wrong - I don't know .
Willie .
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 18:00

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 18:00
Thanks Willie. I tried to download it once but wasn't successful. Too tricky for we young fellas. LOL
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Reply By: Member - sparra - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 08:04

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 08:04
g'day willem,back in 87' did you use any recent seismic lines to access the spot where you put the marker? in 1985 the seismic crew i was on cut lines east of colson well and north of erabena well. i was the supply/fuel truck driver for the company.[norpac]. great part of the world. doing a trip through there in late august. cheers sparra.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 15:20

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 15:20
Hi Sparra

I recollect driving about 6km north of a seismic track to find the place which we thought was the right one. Most of these track came from the east and ran dead at the base of dunes.

We returned to that seismic track headed east and then took another one going south. Along this one I found where the grader driver had serviced his machine as there were grease gun cartridges and old filters lying on the ground. I do remember something I found there date stamped 1966. However it looked as if it was fresh after all those years. The desert preserves things very well.

We had to leave the seismic tracks again to get to our objective, the French Track as fuel was a big concern. I got in to Birdsville with only 5 litres of unleaded left in the tank :o) The other Suzuki had 7 litres left.

It was a hard drive in the Suzuki's and we seldom got out of low range and averaged 26lt/100km
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Reply By: chump_boy - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 15:45

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 15:45
Hi Willem,

Bit of a late response, but this is an example of a google earth shot.

In the centre, is one Harold Scrubbies House.

Detail is not brilliant, but you can see car colors, roads, and things. It looks like he has an illegal awning out over the back of his house.......lol

Cheers,

Chump

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Reply By: DesC - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 18:46

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 18:46
Just come back from a 4 day hunting trip near Hughenden. Plotted in all boundaries of the station and all the turkey nests and dams from google earth. The coordinates were spot on and we found our way on our 4 wheelers easily and got very wet after 8 inches of rain.
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