Return to Home is way off!

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  1. Shacky

    Shacky Well-Known Member

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    I'm having a tough time with RTH. It's usually 10-20 feet off. I re-calibrated the imu after refrigerating the Mavic for an hour. I re-calibrate the compass every time I fly.

    Here is a picture of the imu results after new calibration. Any suggestions?
     

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  2. Glenn Johnson

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    Refrigerate for an hour? Did the directions say to do that?


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    LOL omg I think you should put it in the freezer for 2 hours :)
     
  4. Shacky

    Shacky Well-Known Member

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    No, but it's common with IMU calibration. If that's not so with the Mavic, I would like to hear it.
     
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    DrPeppar Well-Known Member

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    Stop recalibration the compass, what's the point? Doing this is definitely not recommended and may be leading to your issues.

    Are you using Litchi or Go?


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  6. Shacky

    Shacky Well-Known Member

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    That's the first time I've ever heard someone recommend to not recalibrate your compass on a regular basis. I recalibrate once a day or if I move locations significantly.


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    You haven't been reading much about DJI machines in the past 2 years then.
     
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    Yup, asking for trouble to calibrate your compass everytime you move.
    Search on here or Inspirepilots for reasoning behind the theory
     
  9. Shacky

    Shacky Well-Known Member

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    OK, I read Msingers compass calibration guide. It seems different from what I recall reading on the Phantom Pilots forum, but OK, I will gladly change my compass re-calibration practice. Still even when the Mavic gets reasonably close to the home point, it lands several feet away. I thought the Mavic took a picture at takeoff and would use that information on landing to get right on the take off location. I'm using a styrofoam board with a big circle X on it and it hasn't landed on the board yet. Any ideas how to improve this?
     
  10. The Editor

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    In order for it to establish a 'snapshot' for better RTH accuracy, once you have taken off allow the aircraft to hover in above the take off spot for a few seconds (5-6 seconds).
    You should then find it RTH more accurately
     
  11. Shacky

    Shacky Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that tip. I do let it hover for a bit. Anything else I can do?
     
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    Shacky Well-Known Member

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    What are other people experiencing? How close to your takeoff point is the Mavic landing when using RTH?
     
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    There's a height sweet spot, I'm not sure what it is. I'm still trying to figure it out. Hopefully someone pegs down an exact routine that works 100 percent of the time.
     
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    The manual says go up 30 feet and give it a second or two. I flew about an hour ago, I have a landing pad and when I hit RTH it came home and landed right on the pad. I was amazed!
     
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    Shacky Well-Known Member

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    Haven't tried that! Thanks for the tip. I will try it tomorrow!
     
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    Down the rabbit hole!
    Found this, might help.
     
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    Have to say that I was amused that this first thing he did was re-calibrate the compass.
     
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    Even better -- he notes in the video that he believes calibrating the compass before each flight will make the landing more precise.
     
  19. DrPeppar

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    I guess that goes to show you there's just no telling.
    I never recalibrate unless the app tells me to.

    I will say Litchi does not appear to have the precision landing available, if so it hasn't worked for me but in Go it works fine.


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    Ok, tried a couple flights and found that if I take off and hover at 20 feet and count to 10, the return to home was spot-on twice in a row. When I did it at 30 feet the landing was off a couple feet, but 20 was within inches. This is only based on a couple flights but I am glad that I'm getting it figured out.
    I missed the part until it was mentioned in this thread that you were supposed to do something like that. I thought hovering after auto take-off (about 4 feet) would be fine, but, it's clearly not. I've only used Go so far with the Mavic, but may do a Litchi flight today.
     
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