+NYPaddleCacher Posted November 30, 2010 Share Posted November 30, 2010 I wouldn't wan the coords to be spot on perfect. It wouldn't be much fun to walk right up to a cache using a GPS'r without ever having to hunt for it. However, I do agree they need to be accurate within 25 feet or so. I think this is exactly the kind of newbie thinking that needs some correcting. First of all - Our handhld units are only capable of somewhere around 15 to 25 foot accuracy under most conditions. Add that to the hiders unknown error and that is why you often find caches a bit off. So finding caches up to 40 and even 50 foot off should be considered normal - not lousy coordinates. Second, all cachers should strive to privide the most accurate coordinates that we reasonably can. Wait for the EPE on your unit to get low, take multiple readings on several different days, do a reality check on the coordinates you come up with. Use more than 1 unit. But the hider's coordinates can be improved immensely by using Google Earth to get a much more exact set of coordinates, assuming the landmarks can be identified from the sat photos. In San Jose, California that's a reasonable assumption given the resolution and quality of the satellite photos. However, not far from San Jose, Costa Rica (I'm planning a trip there in February) the resolution is not as good and dozens of square miles are complete obscured by cloud cover. There are a handful of caches that are "in the cloud". I've also been in a few places in Africa where the resolution was so poor you couldn't identify a large building or any other landmark smaller that several acre lake. Google satellite images are getting better but not too long ago there was a thread here which showed an image in the midwest of an entire subdivision of houses that doesn' exist. Rather than rely on satellite maps I would rather see hiders use the tools they have, which includes other geocachers using the "add coordinate" feature in the logs. Quote Link to comment
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