1.2m Ku Offset Dish Declination Update

Discuss new products or provide a review for a product you recently purchased.
Post Reply
User avatar
TVRO Salesman / Sponsor
TVRO Salesman / Sponsor
Articles: 0
Posts: 323
Joined: Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:38 am
Location: Canada
Been thanked: 11 times

1.2m Ku Offset Dish Declination Update

Post by tek2000 » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:38 am


If any of you purchased our 1.2m Ku offset dish and you wish to track the satellite arc from horizon to horizon (e.g. 15w - 129w), you will need longer declination bolts. :doh The shorter declination bolts will only allow you to track a small section of the arc (e.g. 87w - 125w). We now include the longer bolts with our 1.2m antenna or 1.2m antenna kit. Please see the fix required in the diagram below.


To understand why you need to add declination to a prime focus dish to track the satellite arc, please study Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 shown below. Essentially, we add declination so the dish bends down a bit and can see the the satellite arc, rather than looking into outer space after setting the elevation angle corresponding to the setting latitude. With a prime focus dish, the declination for your latitude can be found from a table like the one found on this forum (click on TVRO Guides >> Declination Table).

The same principle applies to an offset ku band dish. However, you must remember that an offset parabolic reflector is made from a section of a prime focus reflector. For example, if you use only the upper half of a prime focus dish, you would essentially have an offset dish. However, the mount would no longer attach to the center of the original parabola, but would be offset. This offset changes the geometry a bit and requires more declination (bending down) of an offset dish than for a prime focus dish. For the 1.2m offset dish we sell, it turns out that you need to add an extra 25 degrees of declination on top of the declination indicated in the TVRO Guides >> Declination Table.

Some of you got around the short declination bolts by adding extra elevation. Yes, this will work and allow you to track a smaller part of the ku band arc. However, if you want to track the entire arc as accurately as possible, you will need longer bolts and the extra 25 degrees of declination.

My apologies for not catching this earlier. I have never used the 1.2m dish before. I track both the C and Ku band arcs on a single 12' prime focus dish. Special thanks to "John" for testing this fix and confirming that it works! :beer

#1 Supplier of TVRO Satellite Equipment in North America
[email protected]
(I am not on this forum often and don't check forum PMs, so please email me for faster service)

Post Reply

Return to “New Products and Reviews”