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Google Map Scales query

Question asked by dr03602 on Feb 5, 2017
Latest reply on Feb 5, 2017 by fcbassongis

Hi there, I'm setting up cached map services of some aerial imagery datasets and I'd like to use the Google/AGOL standard cache levels/scales as defined in the default caching scheme provided in ArcGIS Desktop 10.3. Unfortunately these scales only have a maximum zoom scale of 1:1128 and I'd like to include a 1:500 scale, and I guess

I can add my own custom scale level but I'm a little puzzled though because when I look at the scaling in Google Maps I can clearly see that it zooms to a larger scale than 1:1128. Converting the scale bar gives me a scale of about 1:175 ie the scale bar measures '2.85cm for 5m'.

So am I missing something here, or making an assumption about what Google terms as 'map scale' ?