Coordinates whats the deal

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  1. RS_rob

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    Everyone seams to post coordinates whats the deal ?

    I cant find a way of making them useful so why ? Ive tried & even searched on the net & tried putting them in my sat nav & nothing.

    Am I missing something here.......................?

    Whats wrong with a good ol fashioned postcode or cross road & Town :mad:
     
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  2. DavidG58

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    I'm on the fence with this one Rob, personally I still much prefer road name and use my eyes, but when in a tight spot or difficult access a coordinate does really work

    problem I have is some come as minutes and seconds some are decimal, we could have ended up on the wrong side of France earlier this week
     
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  3. Robert Clark

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    Co ordinates are great, especially when using a sat nav in Europe
     
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    Afraid you must be doing something wrong as they are very much more accurate than postcodes especially at this side of the channel.. Using French postcodes will see you gong around in circles all day long, just in passing which sat.nav. are you using
     
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  5. landscaper

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    Agree that coordinates are brill in Europe and make finding some of the sites so so much easier - take you right to the spot! Easy to put into our TomTom Go.
     
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    In the UK a postcode can mean a handful of properties, however in Europe it's a whole town
     
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    Never had to put any in as with Archies Campsites you have all the sites you will ever need. Same with Aires as you can download them from various websites.

    Mike
     
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    We used postcodes in France and it was a disaster. As has been said, coordinates will take you to the exact spot. Very accurate. (y)
     
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    Co ordinates take you to the exact spot whereas a postcode can be a few hundred yards away and in a populated area it can be a pain.
    In my Garmin there are three options of co ordinate input which is simple, like me :rolleyes:
    It's also handy with Google Earth as where you hold the cursor the correct co ordinates are displayed at the bottom of the screen (y)
     
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    The Sat Navs we use allow you to choose either decimal entries or minutes and seconds entries.
     
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  11. RS_rob

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    I was given a handfull of coordinates when we went to cornwall & i spent a good week trying to figure them out
    Google earth woudnt take them
    google dont recognise them
    they were useless in the sat nav
    in the end i stck the name in & just zoomed in on google earth & took a chance to find pra sands
     
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    Co-ordinates by far and away the best option. Try using postcodes in the back of beyond!
    Copy and paste this into Google Maps and it should bring up a location close to Skegness - 53.123456 0.123456
    If your Sat Nav needs the data in degrees \ minutes \ seconds there are many websites that will convert these for you, eg http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/DDDMMSS-decimal.html
    You should also see it in this format when you paste into Google Maps. -
    53°07'24.4"N 0°07'24.4"E
     
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    As said, entered correctly, they get you to the exact spot. Some uk directions state do not use postcode.
    Also, they dont use postcodes in Morocco lol
     
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    A post code in England can refer to a large area, and in more rural areas it can be a long way from where you need to be. A Sat Nav will direct you to the centre of this area, hence why they ask for a house number as well.
    I always check on google maps to see where the post code refers to, and if needed, get the co-ordinates and use them instead.
    In Europe, I always use the co-ordinates, I have found this is the only way to get an accurate location. On my TomTom co-ordinates are entered by going into the "navigate to" menu, and then select "lat long". We do also use google maps whilst abroad, but some of the locations on Google maps are just plain wrong.
     
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    We utilise decimal, especially for planning where maps allow you to zoom in and see what an area has to offer
     
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    Co-ordinates for me every time
    Trying to find an aires without them is impossible ..

    TomTom will auto work out what type of co-ordinates you are using ( decimal or minutes / seconds ) but Garmin and a few others you have to select what you are using
     
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    If you want to get to the bottom of this can you post one of the coordinates you were given? Coordinates really are a very good way of defining a location.
     
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    Also, to get decimal and degs/mins/secs from Google maps, right click the location and select "What's here" a little popup should appear showing the Lat/Long in both formats.
    The reverse, in the map search enter a set of co-ordinates, eg "37.152637, -7.888638" and hit return, the map will jump to that location (my example is the town square in Sao Bras De Alportel, Portugal)

    [edited to correct coordinate format]
     
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    That is indeed true Alan :) Our post code covers several villages !!
     
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    Good Old Fashioned Post Codes were first thought up in the UK in 1959 and came in to general use around 1970- 1974.

    Coordinates have been in use for many hundreds of years and the Greenwich meridian has been official since 1884, now that is "Good Old Fashioned" or reliable.......
     
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