AUTOMATIC OR MANUAL: The Automatic range can operate from the press of a button, they take all the hard work out of locating the correct satellite and adjust to accept the strongest signal therefore the best picture. The manual range require a bit more input and set up from the operator.
SIZE: Satellites are geostationary (orbit at the identical speed to the Earths rotation) so they remain fixed, just above the equator. The satellite that broadcasts the signal for UK television is concentrated towards the middle of the UK therefore the further from the signal beam you travel(North or South) the larger the Dish you need. Dishes start at 55cm and go up to 85cm.
SKEW: The other consideration is East/West, because of the Earths Curvature, the further around the latitude you travel, the further the LNB needs to be Skewed. This is because, Satellites prefer signal in vertical or horizontal planes and as you travel around the curvature, the signal rotates. We supply manual or auto skew dishes.
All systems are available in a variety of dish sizes, ranging from 35cm up to 85cm. The dish size determines the geographic area from which you can receive your desired satellite, this area is known as the satellites ‘footprint’. For UK channels, we require the Astra 2 satellite.
Generally, the larger the dish, the greater the geographic area or ‘footprint’ from which you will receive satellite TV. Typically, to receive Astra 2 a 65 cm dish offers coverage into the centre of France, whilst an 85cm dish will offer coverage approaching the Spanish border.
The official Astra 2 footprint is displayed below, as well as our estimations for Maxview’s specific dish sizes. These maps are designed to help you make an informed decision on your required dish size, based on the areas you wish to travel.