Hi guys! Can you please explain in step by step detail how on earth we are supposed to get the correct coordinates from using our iPhones? We've tried using the coordinates off of the iPhone COMPASS.. But when we logged it in- it wound up being way off from where we are planning to place the cache. We stood there within 2 ft of our chosen placing spot.. And screen shotted the compass- went home and input the numbers-and as I said, fail!
Kate & Jen
Avid cachers but 1st time placers!
Hi guys, thanks for being so careful about locating your cache hides. There's nothing so frustrating as looking for a cache and discovering (usually after an hour) that's it's 30 meters over there! I presume you've read the thread pinned to the top of this section http://www.canadascapitalcachers.ca/forum/index.php?topic=14.0
and the "newbies" topic pinned to the first section. You smartphone is a wonderful device, but it's not the most accurate GPS unit http://www.canadascapitalcachers.ca/forum/index.php?topic=1311.0
and you have to be aware of that.
There are apps for your device that can average out coordinates, you'll have to seek them out and install them. I use a dedicated handheld GPS because of the robust armour it has, I geocache in all sorts of terrain and conditions, but it also allows a good satellite lock and averages coordinates efficiently. It pays to learn the limitations and strengths of whatever device you use.