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Measuring distances with google earth

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Measuring distances with google earth

Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Mon Apr 03, 2006 4:12 pm

This is a great way to measure distance,instead of guessing.say you shoot at a field by your house or by a certan road. Download google earth. It is free,and can be found by going to the given link :arrow: http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html .

once downloaded, go and type in the adress of the place you shoot at or shoot by.If it is just a vacant lot or somthing,type in the adress of somplace by it ,and zoom around until you find it .

once you've found it ,and zoomed in, go to "tools" at the top of the screen,and click measure.then click units and select yards,feet,meters,ect.,whatever you use.

then click the spot you shot it from,and by using landmarks like trees or rocks, find where the shot landed.then click there.

The box that says "measure" that you selected feet or meters in,you should see the distance between the two points,or the shot distance. :D


the first time you do it ,with the downloading and such,it takes a while.but after that,just rememeber the place you shot to and the place you shot from,and it is reeeaaally easy

P.S-sorry if the explination above is a bit confusing.writing is not my strongpoint :oops:

here is where I shoot my cannon.If I angle the cannon to shoot towards the bottom right corner,there is 0.64 of a mile,free of houses.If for some reason I put the cannon all the way up to 150 psi

( the highest I ever need to shoot it is 80.at that pressure,It goes through a carhood,2x4,3/4 inch plywood,and went 300 yards through the air before hitting the ground. soooo,I wont put it up that high for safty )

I will have room to shoot it .Anyway ,here is where I shoot it,the point where the line starts, nearest to the measurement box,is my barn.this is the field/fields next to my house

NOTE:to veiw image to where you can see it ,copy it then open it in word or paint where you can zoom in or enlarge it to see it better
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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Mon Apr 03, 2006 4:15 pm

Easier way, tie string to the potato and shoot. Mark the string off in feet.
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Mon Apr 03, 2006 4:25 pm

what if your cannon shoots 800 yards and over several tree lines on fields.if you use string,you're screwed then. And that would be alot of string.
a good idea for some smaller,less powerful guns,though :D
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Unread postAuthor: saladtossser » Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:40 pm

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d171/ ... earth1.jpg

my place, with grass field and an abandoned strip of road thats blocked off
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Unread postAuthor: SpudStuff » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:10 pm

what if your cannon shoots 800 yards and over several tree lines on fields.if you use string,you're screwed then. And that would be alot of string.
a good idea for some smaller,less powerful guns,though Very Happy


i dont think many cannons shoot 800 yards
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:17 pm

i dont think many cannons shoot 800 yards



Holy S*^# Its Still Going ,mine does. so, saladtossser do you like it ? I already had the program,and it just today occured to me that you could use it to measure how far you shoot
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Unread postAuthor: iamthewalrus » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:21 pm

have u posted this gun, im interested in seeing a spudgun that can shoot almost a half mile, is it a hybrid?
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Unread postAuthor: saladtossser » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:25 pm

half a mile, good luck with that.
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:31 pm

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Unread postAuthor: iamthewalrus » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:37 pm

appologies for ever doubting thou. all hail the 18ft penumatic.
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Unread postAuthor: DonTheLegend » Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:09 pm

The only problem might be that some of the google earth database is outdated. As long as nothing has changed recently though, you should be fine.
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Unread postAuthor: saladtossser » Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:22 pm

boy was i wrong

i love google earth, i update some areas with my own picture overlays, use it to determine air pressure... remember addresses... find hiding spots... measure Yonge street... traffic cameras... making movies...
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:21 pm

yep,google earth comes in real handy
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Unread postAuthor: Shrimphead » Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:27 pm

Like for planning tp jobs...... not that I've ever done that kind of stuff :roll: :wink:
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Unread postAuthor: Flying_Salt » Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:56 am

The problem with google earth is that it hasn't been updated in a few years. My freind's house is still an empty lot on it, for example. You may wat to shoot near older trees, to make sure you'll be able to find them.
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