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#1 REC

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:34 AM

I see this new App is being offered at $2.99. Has anyone bought it yet and any other comments on it yet?

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:45 PM

People on the Sky Safari yahoo group have had a lot of positive things to say about it.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:12 PM

I liked the interface and customer support of SkySafari so much that I bought Satellite Safari just to support their business. It is an amazing app for $2.99. Using the impeccable SkySafari style of interface, you can view ground tracks, sky charts, and the view of the earth from the satellite. Satellite Safari runs 'movies' with varying time steps as well.

What the app does not do (and is not designed to do) is give a list of visible satellites from your location at a given time. You still should use Heavens Above or another iOS app for that purpose. Satellite Safari is the best at showing graphics for a known flyover.

There are a couple small deficiencies in Satellite Safari that the authors acknowledge, and will incorporate in later revisions.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 04:51 PM

This does sound cool.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:39 PM

Looking forward to the android version, Thanks folks

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:46 PM

i bought it too, simply because i love their work, haven't really played with it yet though.
this thread has reminded me to use it!

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:49 AM

Sounds interesting, but the lack of a list of upcoming satellites is disappointing. Is there an alert/reminder system? It'd be nice to finally replace the mishmash of apps many of us use!

Sky Safari Plus itself already has some incredibly useful satellite functions. You can add particular satellites to an observing list, highlight them in the field of view, show their path across the sky, and see the times of entrance and exit from the sky.

For those interested in the ISS, ISS Visibility does a great job of listing upcoming flyovers, and provides both a small and large sky chart (planisphere) with times marked across the sky.

Sputnik provides a compass/device orientation and shows both ISS and Iridium flares. (It's a hidden function under the curved arrow, send e-mail icon at the top.)

In any event, I agree with Tom's point-- good to support the app and Southern Stars in general! And, as with all their apps, they seem to evolve and improve right before one's very eyes!

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:25 AM

The chronological list of upcoming satellite events (rises, transits, etc) is (hopefully) coming in the next version. Have no fear.

Yes, there is a alert system to display an alert when a particular event is about to occur.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:17 PM

Although I don't observe satellites specifically, I do enjoy IDing the ones I come across in my viewing sessions. As an afficianado and supporter of SkySafari Pro, I purchased Satellite Safari today. Very nice app, and only version 1.0. I can hardly imagine all of the goodies Southern Stars will add with subsequent updates.

I would love to see the ability to add custom panoramic landscapes ala SkySafari!

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:02 AM

This weekend I downloaded this wonderful app. It is a ton of fun and appears to work very well.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 06:17 AM

Turns out that Starmap Pro has a pretty incredible built-in satellite feature, too. I've started another thread on that, so that this one can remain focused on Satellite Safari.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 09:27 AM

I have the app, what I would like to see is smoother movement and sight radius circle for iss like gosatwatch, but its v1 at the moment

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 01:54 PM

Could you explain what you mean by smoother movement? Do you want the screen updated more than once a second?

The sight circle, if I understand what you mean, is in the Ground View. It shows the area on Earth where the satellite is visible.

We will be releasing version 1.1 in a week or two. It will have many major improvements.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 04:05 PM

Im speaking of the movement of ISS.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:02 AM

Looks good. I will check this out.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:10 PM

Looking forward to the android version, Thanks folks


The Android version is now available. Look for the announcement in the Vendors Forum.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:13 AM

Looking forward to the android version, Thanks folks


The Android version is now available. Look for the announcement in the Vendors Forum.


I downloaded it this evening... I am not much on satellites but that might change with a easy way to identify them.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:53 AM

Jon,

I know what you mean. I was not much of a satellite observer myself until writing this app. Now I find myself using the early evening hours spotting a few satellites for fun. There is something very satisfying about seeing a satellite pass right where it is predicted.

You'll also find a pair of binoculars will help you locate quite a few more satellites than you will see naked eye.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:59 AM

Satellite Safari has been very stable on my iPhone 5 and iPad 3, Ive been trying to crash it, I basically threw the book at it and nothing, the app runs great.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:32 AM

Kurat,

Glad it has been working well for you. Not sure what to think about your statement the you've "been trying to crash it" :question:.

FYI: we just submitted version 1.1 for iOS to Apple last night. It will probably take a week or so to go through the approval process.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:56 PM

Jon,

I know what you mean. I was not much of a satellite observer myself until writing this app. Now I find myself using the early evening hours spotting a few satellites for fun. There is something very satisfying about seeing a satellite pass right where it is predicted.

You'll also find a pair of binoculars will help you locate quite a few more satellites than you will see naked eye.


Bill:

I hope to be able to identify the satellites that I often often see passing through view of eyepiece. And spotting brighter satellites should be great fun.

Jon

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 03:36 AM

Last night it was clear. I have been laid up with a bad respiratory thing so I wasn't going outside. :(

But about 8pm I was playing with Satellite Safari and I noticed that a magnitude 2.8 Satellite should be in the eastern sky. Taking my tablet with me, still in my bed clothes, I ran out side, looked well above Arcturus and sure enough, there was a bright satellite cutting across the sky on north-east heading..

:waytogo:

I could get to like this....

As a side note... Satellite Safari has to compute a lot of orbits.. that must take some optimized number crunching to make it work as well as it does.

:goodjob:

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:58 AM

Thanks Jon.

All those satellites can tax the processing power of the mobile device. You will notice that in Orbit mode, with all satellite classes shown, the display does become a bit jerky as you pan around the Earth. Calculating the positions of the 1500 satellites does involve quite a bit of calculation.

P.S. Hope you feel better soon.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:06 PM

FYI: we just submitted version 1.1 for iOS to Apple last night. It will probably take a week or so to go through the approval process.


The minute you come up with a way to send smooth slewing commands to track a satellite with a goto mount let me know. I be first in line to buy it.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:20 PM

The minute you come up with a way to send smooth slewing commands to track a satellite with a goto mount let me know. I be first in line to buy it.


We are working on it. However, this would be in SkySafari, not Satellite Safari.






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