How to Make Navigation Safer Using Satellite Images
by Chris Beeson
Cruisers find unexpected benefits of satellite images overlaid on OpenCPN. Yachting Monthly magazine published an extensive article explaining why sat overlays can be helpful and how to implement them onto your charts.
“Google Earth was never designed to be used as a primary navigation tool but, very helpfully for mariners, its satellite images are georeferenced using the WGS84 datum, which is the same one used on the majority of marine charts.”
The article suggests the following as your Satellite Imagery Toolkit:
The article also provides thorough coverage of hardware, computer, and GPS requirements to get you up and running in no time at all.
“At present satellite navigation is best done on a dedicated laptop computer. Google Earth can be used on electronic tablets and provides real-time tracking, using built-in GPS, but lacks route planning and tracking features. SAS.Planet is not available on tablets, but there is an OpenCPN App [*] for android devices.”
Read more via Yachting Monthly Magazine March 2016