How to Locate Dish Network Satellites


Dish Network uses three separate satellites located at 110 degrees, 119 degrees and 129 degrees West. These satellites are in orbit south of Texas, and depending on your location, the coordinates to retrieve the signal from these satellites will be different. Before aiming your dish you will need to get the coordinates for your location. Go to and use the "Dish Pointing Guide" to find the correct coordinates depending on your ZIP code.

Things You'll Need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Directional compass
  • Set the elevation on the dish bracket located on the back of the dish. Loosen the bolts on the elevation guide and tilt the dish until the red line points to the elevation coordinate that you need for your location. Tighten the elevation bolt.

  • Set the skew on the dish bracket. Loosen the bolts on the skew guide right next to the elevation guide on the back of the dish. Set the red line onto the skew coordinate that you need for your location and tighten the skew bolt.

  • Turn the dish on the mast and line up the azimuth coordinate that you need for your location. Use the azimuth guide on the base of the dish and line up the number you need with the line on the base.

  • Check the signal strength with the signal strength meter on your Dish Network receiver. The dish is designed to retrieve all three satellite signals at once if the dish is aimed properly. If the signal strength isn't strong enough rotate the dish left or right 5 degrees at a time to pinpoint the signal and to get the best possible signal strength.

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