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    Better Than Google Earth?

    I have been using Google Earth to find potential metal detecting sites almost since it's introduction a few years back. I recently learned that MSN's Virtual Earth has it's own online aerial photos with quality that blows away Google Earth's. http://maps.live.com/ The birdseye views allow you to pan from 4 different directions. Here is a screencap of Google Earth's image, and in my reply I will post the birdseye views using MSN's maps.

    Google Earth still has many advantages over MSN, especially if you use a GPS device, but for clarity at low altitudes, MSN wins hands down.
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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

    Wow! I rely on Google Earth so much, I'll have to try this one out! Now...if there was a way to adjust the time of day so that I can see all the irregularities in plowed fields... ...well...maybe that's too much to ask.


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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

    Oh man, that's amazing! Will it let you scroll with the wheel on your mouse, and zoom right where your mouse is currently on the map like Google Maps (online, not Google Earth)? Just wondering. Either way, those shots are astonishing!! That's going to help me out alot... thanks for the tip!!!

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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

    Bran:

    You can use the mouse the same way as Google Earth, however since the photos are taken at lower altitudes it is made up of many more photos than Google Earth. Sometimes it does not load as quicky as Google Earth does while scrolling, especially when you cross from one image to the next.

    Another advantage is that there is no program to download.

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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

    Well I like not needing to download a program for it. It would be nice if it were optional, but it's definitely not needed. Better to rely on broadband Internet connection, than use up more computer memory...
    I'm about to get my wireless mouse for my laptop and give it a try. Thanks again!

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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

    Well I just used my Logitech Media Mouse, that a multi-function scroll wheel for side to side and in and out... and back & forward buttons on the side. I just have to say that these Live Search Maps just stinkin' BLEW Google Earth out of the water for everything I'll ever need it for! I'm searching some of the coastline around my area for some new places to hunt. Thanks for heads up on this! I'll be showing my brother tomorrow... he's gonna be so stoked by this!

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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

    I have been using maps.live for awhile and the birds eye view is great. The regular aerial view though is not as good as google earth. I always check maps.live first to view the area I want to look at and if the tab for "birds eye view" is not highlighted, I go to google earth. It may seem kind of odd when you rotate the image because you are actually viewing a complete new shot that was taken at another time so the scene may be different. The trees may be green in one view then rotate and it may be fall with no leaves, rotate again and may be snow on the ground.
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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

    Thats an awesome link thanks!
    It's addicting, but it's pleasing!

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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

    Try

    http://www.Terraserver-usa.com/

    Sometimes it works better than either MSN OR Google

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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

    Wow!!!!!!
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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

    I have used that site for a while Neil---Much better than Google.

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    Re: Better Than Google Earth?

    I've played with Goggle Earth some and found it lacking. These new search engines are much better.

    Thanks for the heads up.
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