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cbkb98
09-25-2011, 22:26
does anyone know or have a conversion formula of some sort to convert lat/long to mgrs or vice versa? Civilian maps piss me off b/c I dont know lat/long. Any help is appreciated.:lifter

wet dog
09-26-2011, 02:05
does anyone know or have a conversion formula of some sort to convert lat/long to mgrs or vice versa? Civilian maps piss me off b/c I dont know lat/long. Any help is appreciated.:lifter

Is your question posed to learn or teach basic map reading skills to others?

Pete
09-26-2011, 03:32
Are you talking about the 1:24,000 standard USGS maps?

They have the grid tick marks around the edge. Get a 36" ruler and draw your own grid lines on the map. Just be careful to draw to the right ticks and in numbering them.

Above 1:50,000 those grid boxes start looking mighty small which is why the others use lat long.

When we were in the desert using 1:250,000 maps all we used was lat long.

Pays to be able to go either way.

Foggy Bottom
09-26-2011, 05:56
Here. (http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=converting+longitude+and+latitude+to+mgrs)

Penn
09-26-2011, 06:25
Foggy, that was nicely done!!! I have another request, there an account and a bank......

Pete
09-26-2011, 06:26
I hope the batteries in your Backberry never die.

The civilian maps I got for some sections of the Appalachian Trail are 1:63,360 and are gridded with 7'30" squares. Hmmm, 450". Now if I only had a 305 mm ruler I could................

JJ_BPK
09-26-2011, 07:20
I hope the batteries in your Backberry never die.

The civilian maps I got for some sections of the Appalachian Trail are 1:63,360 and are gridded with 7'30" squares. Hmmm, 450". Now if I only had a 305 mm ruler I could................

Ah,, But if you had an Android Smart Phone, you can use Google Earth with the zoom feature and get to 1:1 maps, with orally annotated step-by-step navigation!!!! :D:D

Badger52
09-26-2011, 09:41
deleted; erroneously posted.

cbkb98
09-26-2011, 21:56
My intention is mainly for hunting. The maps I have are good but I dont know how to plot a grid or even how to go in whichever direction utilizing lat/long. Thanks again for the input.

ZonieDiver
09-26-2011, 23:09
I find terrain association works pretty well. Work with maps until when you look at them, you kind of see them in 3-D!

JJ_BPK
09-27-2011, 04:56
My intention is mainly for hunting. The maps I have are good but I dont know how to plot a grid or even how to go in whichever direction utilizing lat/long. Thanks again for the input.

Your admitted level of understanding, puts you at the absolute entry level in the land navigation game.

You need some formal classes. Not anything worldly, but basic map reading as taught to the BSA. These class typically will include introductions to compass use.

You also need to get spatially organized. The ability to "see in 3d", as ZonieDiver suggests, is more than a suggestion, it's a necessity.

AFTER you have good working knowledge of map reading and geo recondition, you should join a geocaching club and work at learning the GPS game.

Until you have a moderate understanding, do not attempt any Grizzle Adams tracks. It will only lead to the expenditure of vast amounts on money by the local search & rescue to drag your butt out of the woods,, toe tag optional...

Mean while,, If you feel you need to run around in the woods, find an area that is bounded by well traveled roads approximately 2-3 miles apart. It will make the cadaver dogs job easier...

My $00.0002

:munchin

wet dog
09-27-2011, 06:05
Excellent source for a map near you, by state or country.

http://lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/

cbkb98
09-29-2011, 22:41
I do know how to use MGRS and how to plot a grid and subtract from grid to magnetic, all MGRS. But I want to learn how to do it using lat/long, or even converting lat/long to MGRS

wet dog
09-29-2011, 22:52
Your admitted level of understanding, puts you at the absolute entry level in the land navigation game.

You need some formal classes. Not anything worldly, but basic map reading as taught to the BSA. These class typically will include introductions to compass use.

You also need to get spatially organized. The ability to "see in 3d", as ZonieDiver suggests, is more than a suggestion, it's a necessity.

AFTER you have good working knowledge of map reading and geo recondition, you should join a geocaching club and work at learning the GPS game.

Until you have a moderate understanding, do not attempt any Grizzle Adams tracks. It will only lead to the expenditure of vast amounts on money by the local search & rescue to drag your butt out of the woods,, toe tag optional...

Mean while,, If you feel you need to run around in the woods, find an area that is bounded by well traveled roads approximately 2-3 miles apart. It will make the cadaver dogs job easier...

My $00.0002

:munchin

Good suggestion. For the younger crowd, try using a local golf course. Course Holes usually have a map. Short diatances allows them to learn course corrections, etc.