The terms describes the contact's position on an incremented disc perpendicular to the ecliptic, similar to a degree of azimuth. For example:
In this example, a Cylon basestar is 187 increments to starboard, and 221 increments up from the ecliptic.
- While this system is similar to other science-fiction shows such as Star Trek (where carom is replaced with "mark"), the contacts in the Re-imagined Series have a measuring system with increments greater than 360 (at least upto and probably higher than 881 ), so it is assumed that some incrementation other than degrees is used. One example is the grad, which is 1/400th of a circle, thus simplifying mental arithmetic.