See what your satellite dish sees to avoid obstacles when setting up.
Precision dish alignment tool lets you aim your dish to avoid obstacles such as trees or buildings that can block satellite signal reception. Both azimuth and elevation can be viewed simultaneously for ultimate accuracy. Use the included dish mount to aim your dish, with no need to level pole. Works with all satellite and internet dishes.
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Set gauges by using pointing coordinates specified by your satellite receiver 1. Set azimuth and elevation to satellite coordinates 2. Set skew at 90 degrees for pre-sighting
To sight through optics: 1. Hold Align-A-Site so that levels and compass are visible while looking through optics 2. Position so that both levels indicate level and compass needle points north
Optics have 5 degrees of view (satellite requires only 3 degrees of view)
Gauges marked in 2 degree increments for consistent readings
I've used the Align A Site for over 10 years. It works exactly as advertised IF you follow the
directions. It is important to install the mounting bracket correctly the first time, and once
done, aiming the dish is a snap. The mounting post need not be level after the first one time
installation of the mounting bracket onto the dish.
I normally don't use a meter or even have the coax hooked up to the receiver at first. I just
find a spot with a clear shot at the sats, set the azimuth, elevation, and skew on the Align A
Site unit to the settings shown on dishpointer.com (which is more precise than the on
screen settings). Then I align the azimuth with the built in compass, adjust the dish as
necessary to level the elevation and skew bubbles. Then I tighten down the dish bolts, go
into my RV, hook up the coax, turn on the TV and satellite receiver and start watching TV.
Occasionally I will go back outside and slightly tweak the settings if necessary, but seldom
need to do that. It takes longer for the receiver to search for signals and download the
program guide than it does to set up and align the dish.
In my opinion, the unit is not flimsy, and is strong enough to withstand years of normal use.
The unit itself detaches from the dish with a bayonet type mount and the mounting bracket
stays attached to the dish. It doesn't need a carrying case, just treat it as you would any
other precision instrument. I keep mine in a shoe box with a couple pairs of socks as
Anyone who can't have their satellite receiver up and running in less than 10 minutes total
just isn't following directions. It also saves shouting back and forth which annoys other
campers, and listening to the shrill whine of the receiver as you try to aim it. The Align A Site
has probably saved many a marriage. That alone makes it well worth the price.
After reading the reviews on this product I decided to give it a try. I set it up very carefully as instructed and could not get a signal. I set up my dish the old fashoned way, got a signal and found the Align-A-Site had to be moved about 3/4 of an inch counter- clockwise (when facing the front of the dish) to line up. I would say don't follow the instructions that come with the product, but set up your dish using a signal finder then
instal the unit where the levels are true and you should be good to go.
This product has lived up to it's claims. I have saved literally hours of time setting up at
difficult sites, thereby offsetting the original cost. Online service when I needed it was
very quick and helpful.
I am pleased to say that the Align-A-Site works as advertised even in the heavily forested Eastern Sierra's. In addition to a good product, they displayed excellent
customer service. I changed from Direct (standard) to Dish HD and emailed them last night to request the instructions
and template so I could install the adapter on the new dish. An hour later I received an e-mail from Dan P. with the
required instructions and template.
Great Device! ( Especially when you read the setup instructions )
3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
August 30, 2010
I saw the Align-A-Site on an e-mail advertisement and went to check current pricing. I
noticed a couple bad reviews so I had to take the time to defend this awesome product.
I have used the Align-A-Site for a few years and it works exactly as advertised and could
not be any easier to use.If you are smart enough to point the arrow on a compass and
put a bibble between the two lines of the level, you should be able to use the Align-A-
Site. I know the setup process and it sounds like the couple people with the bad
reviews didn't come close to following the instructions and made up thier onw setup
procedure. There is a toll free support number right on the product. I wonder if they
even attempted to use it? About the only negative thing I can say about the product is it
is a little pricey, but, I have certainly felt it was worth my investment
After setting up the first time and a couple of adjustments works great. Set up go in and turn on tv great picture . I think some people don't follow directions and jet in trouble. If you have a problem start over and dont over think this thing.
I read the less reproving reviews. Cannot help to think in part, may be due to installation factors. Let's face it: The mounting and the first time alignment are very critical. I almost didn't buy the Align-A-Site because of some reviews. But, I did purchase it. It seems very crucial to have a level work spot so I used the dinette table in the motor home with the MH leveled. I checked the level of the table with a carpenter’s level and had to make a little adjustment. I followed the directions very close. I added one step, though not necessary. I used dividers from my old engineering drafting set to locate exact center from mounting bolts on back of the dish. I took great care and double checked the portable dish base for level during installation. For the first trial I eventually located a clear spot on the ground away from the MH chassis, metal, and buildings using the unattached Align-A-Site; I did level the base for this first attempt. I made the adjustments to the instrument and moved the dish until the bubbles were centered. Note: The degree marks on the instrument are very close, small, and near impossible to find for instance the degree of 33.1, so one has to just set the pointer between the marks, etc. Apparently that is close enough to get in range. I connected the cable and turned on the DirecTV receiver. Wow, had a very strong signal! I played with the adjustments to find the best setting, but as it were I had the best setting the first time! I had 89-90% signal strength with my ole Winegard fold-up. Great! I’m ready for the road!
It appears one of the previous reviewers did not read the instructions when setting up an align a site. I feel mounting to the dish is critical, as using the hand held
version will get you into the ball park or find a hole in the trees for you, but not get that peak signal you are looking for. First time set up is the most difficult and takes time when attaching it to the dish. After that it's a breeze, you can fine tune it on subsequent set ups. Now that mine
has been set and fine tuned it takes only minutes to get a sat signal with HD. No more plumbing and leveling the tripod, just stake it to the ground and let the align a site do it's thing. My wife is amazed at how quickly I set the dish up.
After progressing thru the various finders and compass helpers and being frustrated in any but clear sight areas, I purchased on sale from CW Knoxville a unit. On wooded site at Douglas Lake found small opening in trees. Took about 30 Min to attach dish mount (Came with unit) got Directv settings for area, put the bubble in the 2 levels pointed the compass (which works), hooked up my wingard finder and
the shrill scream told me we found the correct sat. By time I locked down mast and turned on TV we had reception not
frustration. Should of bought this long ago.
I agree with a previous reviewer that it is over priced for what it is. Having said that however, if time is money it's worth it.
Setting up a dish in a heavily built up or treed area is always a real challenge. The Align-A-Site allows you be sure that the dish can see the satellite through the trees before you place the dish. The attachment kit for the dish is a must in my opinion. Take the time to do the first set up on level ground and with a vertical mast as described in the instructions. Once we find an open site, usually less than a minute, and get the dish mounted and adjusted so that the 2 levels and compass are set, it takes very little time to get a usable signal. My best time was under 30 seconds! Though more
normally just a couple of minutes. I'm writing this in a small RV park in southern Mexico, where there are 8 rigs using the same (Starchoice) satellite service; only the 2
automatic dishes have a slightly stronger signal than ours. Of course you still have to have the correct coordinates for your location; elevation, azimuth and skew (if required)
I have been a frustrated satellite dish installer for two long, Its about
time some one came along with a system that works. I have a slim
line Direct tv dish that I use on my toy hauler and have forever had
problems with setup until this product. I found the instructions simple
and the results fantastic. I set up the align-A-Site in about an hour for
neutralizing out the dish the 1st time and could not wait to try it on the
RV. Within twenty minutes of setting the dish on the RV and setting
the angle for the azimuth and the tilt I had great numbers coming in
on the receiver and new I was close to being lined up even though i
was unlevel and parked crooked it did not matter. I hooked up my
satellite finder meter for my fine tuning and turned the dish less than
3 degrees either way to fine tune the dish and that was it. Im going to
say it again it did not matter after neutralizing the dish out once, that
the mounting pole was level plumb or at any angle align a site will
help guide you put your satellite in the right position. My friends will
no longer have a great advantage over me with there $ 3000.00 auto
satellites as it only takes minutes now to set up and I can put my dish
on a tripod and not have to worry about trees or other trailers as I can
easily preset my setup and get it right. Great product, Great Idea.
From: no longer frustrated on the roof.
This device costs way more than it should, which is why I gave it 4
stars instead of 5. However, it does work well. If you are mostly going
to set up your dish in open areas, you really only need a decent
compass and good satellite signal strength meter to get the job done.
But, if you are going to be in areas with a lot of obstructions and you
need to find a narrow opening to shoot through, this product fits the
bill quite nicely.
This product comes with a dish mount kit which I highly recommend.
When you have the align-a-site mounted on the dish itself, you can
really point the dish much more precisely. Note that while the mount
is permanently installed on the dish, the align-a-site itself slips easily
into and out of the mount so you can survey the area before deciding
where you will set up the dish.
The instructions for the mount kit want you to set the dish up for an
elevation of 30 degrees, then install the mount so that the align-a-site
is level when it is set to 30 degrees. However, I found that the
elevation markings on my dish were off over 10 degrees. So IMO it is
better to find an open area, level the dish, adjust the dish to get
maximum signal, then install the mount so that align-a-site is level
when it is set to the elevation where the satellite is actually located.
That way, the mount is calibrated to a known good position and you
will be all set to tackle difficult setup locations in the future.
This is the greatest invention since a pocket on a shirt! I can set up
my dish in minutes in places I never thought possible to get a signal!
I never leave home with my alignasite. I highly recommend this
product to everyone with a dish.
I had setup my dish at home twice before taking it out on the road. When I tried it at the camp site I couldn't find the satellite due to all the trees.
We went to Camping World and I got this for Father's Day and took it back to the camp site. Once I assembled it and read the directions, I had the satellite in a few minutes.
I also have a signal strengh meter that I used at home. But after using this I didn't even bother with it - the satellite was already found and I fine tuned it via the Satellite box.
The price is too much for what it is, but worth it for what it does! I will be keeping this one!
Oh yes, when I was seting up my dish the first time (without this) a lot of people stopped and told me that they tried to get their dish to work there but couldn't. They ended up leaving their dish at home. .
Having spend days last year setting up our oval StarChoice dish in Zihuatanejo, and knowing that the RV Park in Puerta Vallarta where we would be staying for a month is well covered with mature Coconut Palms, we purchased the Align-A-Site in October enroute to Mexico. It took a bit of fiddling with at first, to ensure that the set up was perfectly accurate. Once installed on the dish, it permitted us to quickly set the dish to the correct elevation--the most critical setting. We needed to get Starchoicd to send a reset signal, and once that was done we had our picture. We later took the Align-A-Site to a neighbour and found a hole through the trees. He had a picture in minutes.
In Zihuatanejo, the dish requires an elevation of about 67 degrees, more that the elevation adjustment allows, so we tilted the tripod and set the elevation as indicated by the Align-A-Site. Once the dish was mounted to the tripod and set for 67 degrees elevation, and the receiver was turned on, I began to slowly scan left and right of the compass bearing while my wife called out the signal strength from the doorway. 35 seconds later we had a picture! Several days later with the help of a neighbour we tweaked the system a bit and in about 5 minutes doubled the signal strength.
The reason I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars is that the elevation markings don't go high enough for this far south.
I recently purchased this product and it is everything claimed! Once the initial set up for the mount is done, finding a satellite is easy. I recommend this product to anyone who has had difficulty finding a satelite signal.
A word of warning is in order for Canadian purchasers however. Three weeks after receiving my unit, I received a statement in the mail from UPS Canada. I have been billed for the GST($10.92), the PSt($12.75),Brokerage fees($29.00) ,Disbursement fee($5.85), COD Surcharge($4.25), GSt on brokerage fees($2.35) for a total of $65.12
Added to the $12.50 (US) for shipping at point of origin, the $144.00 (US) item becomes $245.10 Canadian. This adds 67% to my cost.
While this in no way is Camping World's fault, beware of Canada Custome.....they will nail you!
It' took less than 5 minutes to find a Satellite. Before I bought this tool, My 11 year old Son and My Wife would be helping me try to find a signal, with no sucess, And now with in minutes I'm able to this alone. It's just follow the steps and you are there. Enjoy your vaction and watching Direct TV. Don't leave home without.....
This product is worth every penny it costs - a must have!
459 out of 1413 people found this review helpful.
August 22, 2006
After attempting to get my Direct TV satellite dish working for 2 days I finally gave up and was trying to get someone to come out to help. Then Camping World sent me an email ad showing this product. We were going thru Rogers, MN the next day on a business trip so I stopped and bought the Align A Site. When we returned to our campsite the next day it took just minutes to get hooked up. Follow the initial setup exactly - you only have to do it once - and its a breeze.
This is just a great tool. The only adjustment I had to make was to my dish because the elevation markings are impossible. I remarked them. If you ever heard "like shooting fish in a rain barrel" this is it ! I highly recommend it.
This is a great product. It makes finding a site where one can get a satellite signal so easy, before you pull into a site and find out no signal is available due to no clear line of site for your dish. I highly recommend this product whether you have a permanent dish on your RV or have a portable dish. We have both dishes on board. I use the Align-A-Site for both and every time there is a possibilty of not getting a good signal.
We have property that is surounded by tall trees. We stay there for 3 to 4 months a year and hated not to be able to have our Dish System. I tried for hours with a compass but no luck ,on more than one occation. We stopped trying untill I saw an add in Highways. I odered the Align a Site and followed the instructions to the tee. I walked around our property and sure enough I found a hole between two trees. I even found two other spots that were just a little better. I set the dish on a pole, made the adjustments and we had signal. I even took the mounting equipment off that dish and installed it on another dish so when we travel I can do the same. I have since used the Align a site at other sites and it works great. NO MORE GUESS WORK. I truely reccomend it. I even paid full price for it , but it's worth every cent.
I tried in vain to get on line with my new satellite internet dish. With the Align-A-Site and its detailed instructions a frustrating 2 hour failure turned into a 5 minute success. A real plus is that the company is very responsive to customer inquiries.
A satisfied customer,
I have had this unit for about a year. For those of you who travel often this product is great! I have Direcway internet which needs a very fine adjustment to the small signal. It cuts my time from 1 to 1.5 hours set up to about 30 minutes. TV signal is an absolute breeze.
Sometimes a straight-forward uncomplicated logical tool beats the pants off of those super computer jobs that cost much more. This is the case with Align a Site.
After struggling with a hit or miss $400 dollar "Professional" finder, I gave Align a Site a try. WOW! Where has this thing been all this time?
Installing the site is easy. The instructions are very well written. From the very first attempt, the Align a Site did exactly what it was advertised to do. The best part is that the site works all the time, everytime. What used to take me thirty minutes to over an hour now rarely takes longer than ten minutes. Amazing!
Here is the best part. There are a ton of campgrounds that are well treed. Trying to find the bird without the Align a Site was a painful experience. No longer. I was recently in Georgia, and was all but certain that I would not get a shot. I did! By looking through the Align a Site, I found a small hole. Bingo, I was up and operating.
I am not one to write about products I buy, but this device has saved me so much time and frustration. It does exactly what it is tauted to do.
Great device. I cut my set up time from 20 minutes (sometimes a lot more) down to less than a minute. I transfer the compass setting and elevation directly from my receiver to the sighting device. I can then review my selected tripod placement to see if there any obstructions. Once the align-a-site is placed on the dish I can finish the set up in about 20 seconds. It is very accurate and eliminates the need to plumb and level the tripod base. I like it!
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