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Guys a while back someone put the link to Geo NB, basically like google earth but just for NB and it has higher resolution images for the whole province than google earth does. Here is the link if you don't have it

http://geonb.snb.ca/geonb/

Now my question is does anyone know how to put this online application onto a HDD, DVD whatever so as to make it portable. Just imagine your out in the bush and you could pull out your laptop (if you were in your vehicle) and look to see what is over that ridge. It is trees cuttings or water marsh etc. I know I know a topo will go along way and I carry topo's but there nothing loike looking at the imagery. Now we just need to merge imagery type applications with GPS software so we can have real time positional information on the aerial view. Just a thought in case someone had already done this.

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Hey Bill,

It is possible - but maybe expensive. No - you can't just download GeoNB onto a DVD - it just don't work that way. However, all the imagery you see there is available for download from the SNB website. Only problem is you have to download them one by one and there is over 1800 orthophotos to cover the entire province. But you could download a few for a day's worth of hunting. I think each one covers something like 5km x 7.5 km.

Now if you want to see where you are with your GPS in the truck - that is possible but maybe expensive too. I used to travel with a guy who had a program called Fugawi on his laptop and you could plug in your GPS to the laptop and it would show you where you were in realtime on the Fugawi basemaps. Question is: can you load the orthophotos into Fugawi - and I don't know if you can or not. I do know that there is other software that will allow you to do this - but it's real expensive.

I am going to look on the web because I know there are some free GIS software packages out there - I'm just not sure if you can hook them up to a GPS or not. I'll let you know what I find out.
 

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Been playing with the Geo Nb site and I see that you can print out maps/imagery. Tried it and it turned out pretty good, but ofcourse you can only fit so much area on a sheet of paper.

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I would hazard a guess that the imagery would take up a terabyte or two. Especially if you crank it down to the close ups.

If you really want to access out in the field, you could use an inverter in your truck, hook up the laptop, and use the Virgin Mobile Stick from The Source.

Not sure how much it costs for the service. But it would work.
 

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I would hazard a guess that the imagery would take up a terabyte or two. Especially if you crank it down to the close ups.

If you really want to access out in the field, you could use an inverter in your truck, hook up the laptop, and use the Virgin Mobile Stick from The Source.

Not sure how much it costs for the service. But it would work.
Newer Garmin handhelds support raster maps which can include aerial and sat images. Colorado, Oregon, Dakota and the latest 62/78 series.

Garmin custom map link
 

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Hey Styk, I was aware of that, but they have a limited storage capacity. I wish I could afford one, I have wanted one for a long time so I could play with the images.

You could however toss a few in of the area you are hunting, and that would be good.

Now I really want one again... Man.. Miss'us is gonna kill me!
 

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Well as far as a new GPS is concerned it's almost a must nowadays. If your better half said anything I'd just come back with "how much do you value my safety dear". Just got a new Garmin GPS60CX but it's the one that is being replaced by the newer models but it had great reviews and it does synch in the Satellites very fast and it was on sale for $100 off. For now I guess I'll just have to print off the imagery areas that I frequent. As far as mobile internet, cell phone signals aren't very good where I tend to hunt. But thanks for the suggestions.

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I found two free GIS software packages that claim to be able to display the orthophotos and they say you can hook up a GPS. I haven't tried this, but I have used both packages a little and was impressed with their capability considering they are freeware.

There's one called FGIS here fgis

The other is OpenJump hereOpenJump

The orthophotos from SNB are here SNB Orthophotos
 

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Forgot to mention that there is also a program called DNRGarmin that lets you download your waypoints and tracks from your GPS. You can then export this information to a shapefile that you could overlay onto the orthophotos in one of the free programs mentioned above.
 

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I've never used this site before - it is good resolution. Does anyone know what year the photography is - I would guess looking at the roads and harvest blocks that it's eight or ten years at least. I f you're hunting any area of crown or freehold where there is a lot of forestry work going on, the actual landscape and road network will look alot different on the ground than what you'll see here. Pretty good though, for giving you the overall lay of the land, main roads, watersheds etc. Thanks for putting the site up Bill - always intersting to look at maps and photos.
 

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I've never used this site before - it is good resolution. Does anyone know what year the photography is - I would guess looking at the roads and harvest blocks that it's eight or ten years at least. I f you're hunting any area of crown or freehold where there is a lot of forestry work going on, the actual landscape and road network will look alot different on the ground than what you'll see here. Pretty good though, for giving you the overall lay of the land, main roads, watersheds etc. Thanks for putting the site up Bill - always intersting to look at maps and photos.
Tobiquer, If you go to the icons in the top left corner and go to tools, than to identify it tells you the year and pid#. You can see where the property boundary are, a hole lot of stuff. It is a pretty neat site.
 
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