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#1 dan777

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 12:28 PM

I plan to purchase SkySafari for my Android. There are three versions: base ($2.99), Plus ($14.99) and Pro ($39.99). I want telescope control capability and that requires the Plus version. However, the Pro version "...includes a new Moon map based on 2009 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data, with 8x the resolution of any other SkySafari version." Does anyone use this?

Any other comments or recommendations?
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#2 GpB311

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 01:00 PM

The Plus version was plenty for me and provided exactly what I wanted out of it. Its the only app Ive paid more than a buck for and was really worth it, but the pro version just didnt offer enough extras I wanted or needed to justify the price jump.

I use the app on nights I dont even take the scope out sometimes, its fun to just screw around with.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 02:53 PM

The Plus version was plenty for me and provided exactly what I wanted out of it. Its the only app Ive paid more than a buck for and was really worth it, but the pro version just didnt offer enough extras I wanted or needed to justify the price jump.

I use the app on nights I dont even take the scope out sometimes, its fun to just screw around with.


+1 on all that.

I use Lunar Map HD for lunar viewing. Can't speak to the SkySafar lunar atlas.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:48 AM

I got the pro version. I am totally enthralled with it. I plan observing with it and use it at the eyepiece. Not all the double star seps are completely current but such are doubles listibgs digital or otherwise. Cant recommend it enough.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:22 PM

I have pro for my Android, like it so far, the only issue is it does not lign up with the stars when I hold it up.
Still learning to use it.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:10 AM

I have SkySafari Pro for Android. It has been the only atlas I reference during the last half-dozen observing sessions at my dark site. I don't have goto or DSCs. I've used SkySafari Pro and a 70mm finder to locate and observe hundreds of deep sky objects. Now I don't think I'll ever need goto or DSCs.

So far, though, I prefer Lunar Map HD to the Moon map in SkySafari Pro.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:03 AM

I have pro for my Android, like it so far, the only issue is

it does not lign up with the stars when I hold it up.
Still learning to use it.


I don't think it we'd ever designed to do that. Infact holding it up throws off the GPS so it loses it'd bearings altogether. I find my android defeats the program to a degree due to cloudynights youchscreen but my iPod TOuch does it all perfectly. It is a beautiful little apparently and very very full of info on everything tho some have found the doublestar orbits ere dated like many listings are.

The moon HD is excellent though it throws sunlight beyond the terminator which is bothersome.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:58 AM

Pete,

Would you put the iPod Touch down and resend that post from a desktop computer? I couldn't follow much of what you're saying. :poke: :grin:

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:07 AM

NeilMac,

I have pro for my Android, like it so far, the only issue is it does not lign up with the stars when I hold it up.
Still learning to use it.


I can have SkySafari Pro line up with the stars because my Android has a GPS. But I quickly turned off that function. It's more of a bother than a help. I never use the GPS function on my Android.

My advice is to learn the bright stars and line up SkySafari using visual sightings of them. Even in the city, there should be something to give you a rough orientation so you can position the tablet: Sirius, Vega, Polaris, Capella, Antares, something.

I know for people new to astronomy, being able to hold up that SmartPhone and see a star map line up with the stars in the sky is a gee whiz thing. But personally, I think it's an unnecessary gimmick that just gets in the way of an observing session.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

I like the gps turned off, dont get dizzy :)

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:08 PM

Yes, the GPS is not necessary when viewing SkySafari. For me, it's more of a nuisance than anything else.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:33 PM

I ended up with an iPhone and just purchased SkySafari Plus. Wouldn't you know it, I haven't had a clear night since. (My wife says that with this app I don't need clear nights anymore). But I've been practicing with it in the house - it's pretty impressive. Looks like LunarMap HD is an Android only app, so I'll have to look for something else. Any suggestions?

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:04 PM

For the iPhone, looks like a really nice app for the Moon is Moon Map Pro. On my Android I use a lesser free equivalent Moon Maps that I like better than either SkySafari Pro or LunarMap HD, both of which I have. But that Moon Map Pro for iPhone looks pretty nice, wish it were an Android app.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:00 PM

Thanks Steve, I'll check out Moon Map Pro.






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