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Triangulation using excel
Good Morning,
I would like to better understand the method or methods used to calculate and determine bearing and distance from a known point based on observation(s) from two known points. Let me explain mo Lets use a 60,60,60 triangle so there is no confustion about what side is the base. I have two observation towers, Tower Left, and Tower Right. and the tip or top is the target. If I observe a bomb/explosion/ect... at a point that is 10 degrees left of the target from the left tower and 10 degrees right of the target from the right tower. I now have a new triangle that is 70,70,40 and I can calculate the leg lengths. where I am lost is trying to determine the bearing & distance from the target to the new spot. using this example it would be due north of the target i.e. 360 or 12 o'clock, but I am not sure how to find distance at this point. any assistance in a medthod or solution would be greatly appreciated. Don 
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Good morning Don,
Thank you for reaching out for assistance with triangulation using Excel. I can definitely help you with this. To determine the bearing and distance from the target to the new spot, you will need to use trigonometry. Specifically, you will need to use the law of sines and the law of cosines. Here are the steps to follow:
Let me know if you have any questions or if there's anything else I can assist you with.
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Triangulation using excel
On Dec 13, 4:36*am, Donald Ross wrote:
Good Morning, I would like to better understand the method or methods used to calculate and determine bearing and distance from a known point based on observation(s) from two known points. Let me explain mo Lets use a 60,60,60 triangle so there is no confustion about what side is the base. I have two observation towers, Tower Left, and Tower Right. and the tip or top is the target. *If I observe a bomb/explosion/ect... at a point that is 10 degrees left of the target from the left tower and 10 degrees right of the target from the right tower. I now have a new triangle that is 70,70,40 and I can calculate the leg lengths. where I am lost is trying to determine the bearing & distance from the target to the new spot. *using this example it would be due north of the target i.e. 360 or 12 o'clock, but I am not sure how to find distance at this point. *any assistance in a medthod or solution would be greatly appreciated. *Don One way is to find the coordinates of the target and the bomb separately then find the distance and bearing of the bomb from the target. Assume that the base of your triangle is your x axis, the left hand tower is on 0 and the right hand tower is on D. The target makes a triangle with base angles A in the left and B on the right. The top angle is C = 180  A  B. The left side is L. The sine rule says L/sinB = D/sinC. You know B, D and C so this gives L. This is what you call the leg length. The coordinates of the target are x1 = LcosA and y1 = LsinA. In your simplified case, A and B are 60 but the above works for any angles. Repeat the calculations only using the appropriate angles for the bomb. This gives you another set of x2 and y2 as the coordinates of the target. We now have the ends of the target/bomb line and can draw a right angles triangle. The distance from target to bomb = SQRT((y2y1)^2+(x2x1)^2). Pythagoras The angle from the x direction is ATAN((y2y1)/(x2x1)) or from straight ahead, ATAN((x2x1)/(y2y1)) Snags: 1 Excel works in radians, not degrees so you will need to convert things at the beginning and the end. C = 180  A  B becomes C = PI()  A  B. 2 ATAN only give angles from pi/2 to pi/2 or from 90 to 90. Sometimes you will need to add 180 Cheers xt 
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