TomandGina, on Oct 7 2006, 06:58 AM, said:
roygpa, on Oct 7 2006, 10:04 AM, said:
Anatomist, on Oct 7 2006, 02:29 AM, said:
The other way around is also true, you can setup google earth to show DD MM.MMM
How do I configure Google Earth to use DD MM.MMM?
Look for an Options... or Preferences... menu item (depends if you are using the PC or Mac version). There is an option in the "View" tab for Lat/Lon as "Degrees" which is "xx.xxxxxx", or "Degrees, Minutes, Seconds" which is "dd mm ss.ss".
I leave my gps in "dd mm.mmm" mode which is what geocaching.com uses. You can enter a location in that format directly into google earth in the fly to search box. When taking a location from google earth and searching on the gc.com site, you can select decimal degrees on the search page, and use the location given by google earth.
Make sure your GPS is set for WGS 84 datum, otherwise your locations will be off. Even though the gc.com page says "WGS 84" for entering locations in "dd mm.mmm" format and "decimal degrees" for entering locations in "dd.dddddd" format, they both use the WGS 84 datum. It's just they way they labeled the boxes.
OK, think I've got it. Would appreciate confirmation from those in the know.
Google Earth on my Mac:
Set preferences to "Degrees, Minutes, Seconds". This looks to be the default.
Place marks show latitude - 41()41'52.60"N, longitude - 88() 8'13.70"W
Garmin geko 301:
Position format choices are - H D.D(), H D()M.M' and H D()M'S.S"
Looks like H D()M'S.S" is the correct choice? This is NOT the default.
Using the above, the Google Earth map location was pretty close to where I stopped my car on the way out of the dog park yesterday and marked the location in my Geko. It's probably within 15 feet.
Using my home as an example, I marked my spot on the sidewalk but Google Earth put me the edge of the street. Again probably within 15 feet and I think the accuracy may have been 16 feet. I need to do some more testing but does the Geko position format choice seem correct??
So how would I enter the park location in the WGS84 Datum latitude longitude search boxes on geocaching.com?
This post has been edited by Pigout: 07 October 2006 - 07:58 AM