Oziexplorer & Hema maps

Submitted: Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 01:12
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Hi All,

I have just purchase Oziexplore plus the 3D module and have to admit that it seems pretty good on the surface. I really like the fact that you can use moving maps while in 3D mode. It is just a pitty that I don't have any mountains near by.

My question, is about the best types of maps to use. I have download the Hema Kimberley map and once I downloaded all the elevations (thought it would be included but I guess not) it all seems pretty.

Do Nat Maps might have more detail and more easy to view?

What is the best to buy as I am happy to use the Hema ones but thought I would pose the question.

Simon
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Reply By: The Explorer - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 10:44

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 10:44
Hello - difficult to say what is "best map" as it depends on your intended use. Larger scale maps (eg 25K) may show more detail but may be overkill when a 250K map will do. I have cut the following from previously thread on subject (and fixed links I hope)

Here is a quick list of commercial (and some non commercial) digital map products you can use with OziExplorer (note: some are expensive as some producers choose to sell the digital version of the map at the same price as the paper copy ..so when a DVD/CD has hundreds of maps you are up for a few bucks).

NOTE 2: Some of these maps sets are avialble in the exploroz shop so check there first before considering purchase elsewhwere.

Exploroz Digital Mapping products for sale

Westprint Outback Tracks - similar to Hema GDT

Westprint - Exploroz Shop

Westprint

They also have a digital version of their Holland Track (WA) paper map ready for use with OziExplorer

Meridian Maps have these

The Otways - 4WD Map
Sydney Adventures- 4WD Map
Wombat State Forest - 4WD Map
Victoria's Deserts - 4WD Map

Exploroz Shop - Meridian Maps

Meridian Map website

Australian TopoView Raster 2006 maps produced by the LPI of NSW

TopoView Raster 2006 maps on DVD are exact digital copies of the NSW Lands Department's topographic maps. They cover the whole of NSW and vary in scales from 1:100,000 (Western Region), 1:50,000 (Central NSW) and 1:25,000 (Eastern NSW)

Octa PC Topoview Maps for sale

Qld: Sunmap Raster CD contains all the available 1:25,000 scale topographic maps as georeferenced ECW images. Covers South East Queensland and some other major towns. These maps can be imported into OziExplorer.

QLD Sunmaps

Digital nautical charts
WA Marine Charts
Aus Marine Charts

Tasmania - TASMAP raster map

Tas Gov website

PDF catalogue download of Tas maps

West Oz Maps

Kimberley 50K
Pilbara 50K
South West WA 50K
South West WA 25K
(100k south and west cost WA available soon)

WA Digital Mapping

Coming soon 100K south & west coast WA
100K Goldfields Geology and Historical Leas maps - "Gold & Ghosts"

South Aust
Scanned 1:50 000 Topographical map series
South Australia

All of Australia 250K Geology maps
250K Geology Maps

Victoria maps

Victoria digital maps

NSW 25K map download

click to download 25K maps NSW

NSW 50K map download

click to download 50K maps NSW

You can use just about any digital map in oziexplorer as long as it is in right raster format and can be calibrated so may other sources around

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Greg
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 17:29

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 17:29
Thanks Greg,

Good summary.

I have some of them, and as you say, I use 1:1million for general bitumen driving, 1:250k, for general dirt road and some times wish for 1:25k.

Have the sunmap 1:25k.

But what I find disconcerting is the age of some of these maps.

The 1:25k sunmaps are dated about mid 70s to mid 80s. In faster growing areas that they cover, they are now housing estates where they show tracks and bush.

Some of the 1million maps supplied are mid 80s to early 90s, and have some sections of main highways missing.
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 20:16

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 20:16
John,

'they are now housing estates where they show tracks and bush.'

as you drive through their back yards just apologise and move on.

Etiquette would probably dictate that you not camp or toilet without prior permission.

Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Si (WA) - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 23:50

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 23:50
Thanks Greg. Gives me a good place to start looking but still make the decision hard.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 10:53

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 10:53
Yes map currency is always a problem. Over here in WA the state government dont bother with 25K or 50K maps anymore - and they are obviously getting more out of date everyday. The trends is, if you want an up to date detailed map for an area you have to buy all the data (cadastral, road, contours) and make your own using GIS. Main users are seen as planners, developers, mining companies I suppose.

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Reply By: Rossc0 - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 12:54

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 12:54
You can also download all but one of the 1:250000 maps from MapConnect.

The only one you can not download is the Yulara/Ayres Rock map for some unknown reason.

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Ross
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Reply By: bgreeni - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 15:33

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 15:33
You can also download NASA satellite photos here
http://zulu.ssc.nasa.gov/mrsid/

And if you are looking for overseas maps, a good source of maps is

http://en.poehali.org/maps

These are Russian military maps and some abit old.

Bruce
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:31

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:31
Another option for OS (Africa) - some free download - some not

Mad Mappers

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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 17:05

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 17:05
In my opinion this is the most convenient and covers the full range of mapps that I need

Hema 4WD Raster map
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 20:24

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 20:24
KA

I agree.

If you buy the Hema set, which includes the Auslig 1:250,000 series, and the Westprint maps, you have a very solid basis for outback travel.

Bob
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:27

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:27
..all the Hema maps are in the first link I posted (ExploroZ Shop) so try your best, if these maps suit your needs, to buy from here and not elsewhere.

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Follow Up By: Member - Si (WA) - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 23:53

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 23:53
Always buy from here if I can. Have to get my free membership some how ;-)
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Reply By: Member - Si (WA) - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 00:00

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 00:00
I have had a good play with the Hema map for the Kimberly as we are planning a trip on the Gibb River for next year. I am happy to buy the hema maps but feel that it might be a bit of a waste of money buying maps for the whole of australia that will be out of date by the time I need them (2014).

I would prefer to by the WA only maps for the moment, but am having trouble deciding if the Hema map is the best option or go for something else.

Too many choices now days. Bloody technology.
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Reply By: Member - Si (WA) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 20:24

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 20:24
Thankyou all for you help. I have found what I was looking for, which is Hema maps for WA. Even better it is only and half the price of buy the full Australia set that are made by Hema. For some reason these are not online but I managed to buy it from a mapping shop in Fremantle.

Email me if you would like further details as I do not want to take business away from the great shop offered on this site. Hopefully the WA maps will be offered in the Explore oz shop soon.

Again, thanks for the reply's.

Simon

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