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Germany : Hessen

1.5 km (1.0 miles) SSE of Mainhausen-Zellhausen, Hessen, Germany
Approx. altitude: 134 m (439 ft)
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Antipode: 50°S 171°W

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#2: The proof (bad visible) #3: One digit missing #4: Official Confluenze Point (Kartendatum "Potsdam") #5: The traffic sign. This Traffic Sign is often mentioned in logs

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#1: Erdeni from Erdeni at the sign N50E09

(visited by erdeni)

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31-Jul-2004 -- Nearby this confluence point there is a geocache hiddden (see www.geocaching.com), which I wanted to visit. My GPS receiver told me, that the point is only 12,7 km away from my home and so I took my son and we went to Zellhausen.

The point is marked by a small sign and was easy to find. To take the 000/000 photo was very difficult, because of weak signal under the trees. Mostly there was 000/999 or 001/000 :-(. My Geko lead me to another point, 2-3 m to the north.

Meanwhile my son found the Geocache, where we had some trade.

The official confluence point N50E09 with Kartendatum "Potsdam" is on the other side of the highway and marked by a small monument. Because there is a bridge over the highway nearby, we visited this point too.

The distance between both points are 170 m.

Here in this forum I read some comments of confluencers, which wondered about the difference of offical confluence marks and the GPS - coordinates. I think, the local Kartendatum is the reason. I belive, that the old marks are more precise than GPS.

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31-Jul-2004 -- Da ich in Aschaffenburg wohne, es bis zu dem Punkt lt. GPS nur 12,7 km sind und dort ein Geocache ist (siehe www.geocaching.de), wollte ich dort schon immer hin. Kurz entschlossen habe ich gestern meinen mittleren Sohn mitgenommen.

Der Punkt ist einfach zu finden. Während ich versuchte, das Foto zu machen (meist war 000/999 oder 001/000), fand mein Sohn den Cache. Nach der Tauscherei sind wir über die Autobahnbrücke auf die Südseite der A3, wo der offizielle Konfluenzpunkt (nach Kartendatum "Potsdam") liegt und mit einer kleinen Gedenktafel gewürdigt ist.

Ich habe in diesem Forum immer mal gelesen, wie sich Leute über die Differenz von offiziellen Markierungen und dem GPS gewundert haben. Ich denke, die Ursache ist das lokale Kartendatum. Ich glaube, die alten Geometer waren präziser als das GPS.

Coordinator's Note: This visit has been marked as "Incomplete" because it doesn't satisfy the photo requirements of a clear photo of the area with no people present.


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#1: Erdeni from Erdeni at the sign N50E09
#2: The proof (bad visible)
#3: One digit missing
#4: Official Confluenze Point (Kartendatum "Potsdam")
#5: The traffic sign. This Traffic Sign is often mentioned in logs
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