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Geo-location of gravestones

 
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adb41



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:36 pm    Post subject: Geo-location of gravestones Reply with quote

I have recently acquired a GPS device and have been using it for logging the wargraves in Sandwick Cemetery near Stornoway for the purposes of quickly finding each stone. I was thinking of uploading a GPX file, which anyone with a GPS device can download onto their machine to lead them to an individual gravestone. I tried it myself this afternoon, when I needed to revisit a newly discovered wargrave at Sandwick to take a photograph. It worked remarkably well - but there is a margin of error.

I would just like to run this past the forum to see if anyone spots any pitfalls with this. Does anyone feel it would be inappropriate to walk through a cemetery with a GPS device (it's the size of a mobile phone); or other similar considerations.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a member of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team I use a GPS device myself but find that they are not generally as accurate as you would need in a graveyard or cemetery. They can easily be fifty or sixty feet out depending on time of day or amount of magnetic stuff coming from the sun (northern lights etc). In comparisons we also got different results using different makes and models of GPS.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for that feedback. You are quite right, a GPS lacks the accuracy.
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