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Hey....Which coordinates are the best to use? I have noticed that the La & Lo #'s on the cache name are different from the "Google Map" coordinates....I probably should have said that the FORMATS are the same but the MM' SS.S seem to be different for the same location.

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Coordinates can be expressed in several different formats.

 

They are most commonly Degrees Minutes Seconds (DDD MM SS), Decimal Degrees (DDD.DDDD), or Degrees Decimal Minutes (DDD MM.MMM).

 

The last format is the most common in current GPS models.

 

Here are some examples of the same coordinates expressed in different formats.

 

Degrees, Minutes and Seconds

DDD° MM' SS.S"

N 32° 18' 23.1" W 122° 36' 52.5"

 

Decimal Degrees

DDD.DDDDD°

N 32.30642° W 122.61458°

 

Degrees and Decimal Minutes

DDD° MM.MMM'

N 32° 18.385' W 122° 36.875'

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Hey....Which coordinates are the best to use? I have noticed that the La & Lo #'s on the cache name are different from the "Google Map" coordinates....I probably should have said that the FORMATS are the same but the MM' SS.S seem to be different for the same location.
Google maps and GPSs have error, so they will never line up perfectly. :o
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