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#1 johnthomas

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:07 PM

After reading the stories of the others. I recently made/installed azimuth circles on my alt/az mounted newts. I use a digital level for altitude for full push-to capability.

What a great setup.. it's nice to be able to get at least darn close to previously unseen objects. BUT of course, you are dependent on whatever technology is feeding you the changing alt/az coordinates. I'm currently using an older laptop PC & stellarium. The laptop is a little large, & less than convenient unless I setup a table (& chair for it).

I've seen many recommendations for various software (Sky Safari & Stellarium among others) running on iphones & other phones. I have a phone of course, but not one suitable for this type of application. I'm wondering about one of this new inexpensive tablets that all seem to run android OS or google or what not.

Anyone using a tablet instead of a phone? What it is it? What OS? What astronomy software do you run?
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:42 PM

Been wondering that myself. I've got an intelliscope, but have also made setting circles for the mount and have the inclinometer like you for when/if the power goes dead. Like you, I'd rather do a tablet then a computer if possible.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:17 PM

I use a 1st gen iPad with sky safari pro, plus works fine too.
So far it's worked well, when I'm home I have stellarium on a pc, but the iPad still goes out front with me.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:17 PM

I have both a Galaxy Nexus phone and a Nexus 7 tablet. I have 2 astronomy programs installed Stellarium and SkEye. The only issue is the magnetic sensor calibration.

On my devices Stellarium works better than SkEye. SkEye is almost unless even after calibration. One of the other issues is the case your tablet is in if you use one.

The Nexus and iPad devices use magnets to put the devices in sleep mode when you close the cover and wake it up when you open it. So, if you are going to use the unit for any type of magnetic navigation you need to remove it from the case and calibrate the sensors.

Also if the app supports locking the screen orientation do it.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:40 PM

I use a 1st gen iPad with sky safari pro.


I also use m1ne with the SkyFi wireless module and it is an amazing combination. Can't say enough good things about it.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:04 PM

I've been hesitant to fork over the $39 for Sky Safari Pro.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:39 PM

You might want to check out the Astronomy Software and Computers Forum: http://www.cloudynig...Board/computers

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:08 AM

This year I switched from paper charts to a Motorolla XOOM (10") with Sky Safari Pro installed. It made such a difference with its bigger database and no need to fiddle around with a flash light.

#9 JohnRW

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:13 AM

I use a Google Nexus 7 tablet. SkEye and Google Star Map both work well for me, letting me point at a constellation to see what is there. If the orientation is off, restarting the app works. Both are free, but I don't see a free Stellarium app.

#10 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 12:38 PM

I've been hesitant to fork over the $39 for Sky Safari Pro.


Markus:

Sky Safari Plus is about all one really needs, the Pro is overkill but for $39, it does stuff few desktop programs will do. For example, you can watch short period binary stars orbiting one another in whatever time step you desire.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:10 PM

I've been hesitant to fork over the $39 for Sky Safari Pro.


Markus:

Sky Safari Plus is about all one really needs, the Pro is overkill but for $39, it does stuff few desktop programs will do. For example, you can watch short period binary stars orbiting one another in whatever time step you desire.

Jon


Hey, for $39 I want it to MAKE stars orbit one another in whatever time step I desire. We all have god-like desires, right?

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:58 PM

I'm using Sky Safari Plus on my iPod (not iPad) for setting circle coordinates but am looking for a slightly larger screen size and was thinking about the new Nexus 7 tablet.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 06:03 PM

I've been hesitant to fork over the $39 for Sky Safari Pro.


In the past, there have been discounts on all versions during "astronomical events". Example: I got the Pro version for $29.99 during the passing of Venus across the Sun (actually the sale lasted about a week).

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 06:32 PM

I pulled this list of Nexus 7 features using adb's list features command. Adb is in the Android Software Developer's Kit. I wish tablet and phone reviewers would query the devices they review. My astronomy programs need gps, compass, and accelerometer, and darn few spec sheets and reviews mention which devices have those features.


feature:reqGlEsVersion=0x20000
feature:android.hardware.bluetooth
feature:android.hardware.camera.front
feature:android.hardware.faketouch
feature:android.hardware.location
feature:android.hardware.location.gps
feature:android.hardware.location.network
feature:android.hardware.microphone
feature:android.hardware.nfc
feature:android.hardware.screen.landscape
feature:android.hardware.screen.portrait
feature:android.hardware.sensor.accelerometer
feature:android.hardware.sensor.compass
feature:android.hardware.sensor.gyroscope
feature:android.hardware.sensor.light
feature:android.hardware.touchscreen
feature:android.hardware.touchscreen.multitouch
feature:android.hardware.touchscreen.multitouch.distinct
feature:android.hardware.touchscreen.multitouch.jazzhand
feature:android.hardware.usb.accessory
feature:android.hardware.usb.host
feature:android.hardware.wifi
feature:android.hardware.wifi.direct
feature:android.software.live_wallpaper
feature:android.software.sip
feature:android.software.sip.voip
feature:com.google.android.feature.GOOGLE_BUILD
feature:com.nxp.mifare

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:38 AM

It's good to see your tablet supports jazzhands, way too many manufacturers leave that out to save money :D

#16 M16SEAL

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:21 AM

I use star walk , it's the best in app store working in iPad

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 06:03 PM

It's good to see your tablet supports jazzhands, way too many manufacturers leave that out to save money :D


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#18 Bas van Krieken

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:40 AM

I recommend:
- SkEye
- SkySafari
- FOViewer
- StarLog

#19 Mittag56

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:41 PM

I got the Toshiba Thrive 10 inch tablet last year..mainly because it has a replaceable battery...I have enough neat things sitting around that no longer work on battery power and have to be plugged in...just sayin :grin:

#20 JAT Observatory

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

If you open it the batteries can be replaced.

My Nexus 7 tablet just endeared itself to me again as I can now print to my HP Laserjet network printer and control my Canon DSLRs (including live view on the 7D).






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