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#1 Dave Lee

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:10 PM

I would like a 'widget' on my Win7 laptop that does the following.

1) Accepts my long/lat as input
2) Gets time/date from the system or allows me to over-ride to something else.

Outputs:

1: Local Sidereal Time
2: Moon Rise/Set Time for the given date
3: Sun Rise/Set Time for the given date
4: Moon Phase for the given date

Would just like to leave it open in some obscure place on my desktop. Is there something like that out there?

Thanks.

dave

#2 Bagged Star

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:17 AM

The "clock" (a separate executable) that comes with Cartes du Ciel does that. Though technically, it's not a desktop widget but an executable that minimizes to the system tray.

#3 Dave Lee

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 03:01 PM

THanks - I'll check that out.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 06:34 PM

I use Astronomer's Digital Clock synced to UNSO NTP time for time keeping. There are a slew of other applets that show me sun/moon rise/set and moon phase. You can create your own applet in Win 7 and have it sync to various websites that have the info you need.

#5 Carl Kolchak

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 11:34 AM

dave said:

I would like a 'widget' on my Win7 laptop that does the following.

1) Accepts my long/lat as input
2) Gets time/date from the system or allows me to over-ride to something else.

Outputs:

1: Local Sidereal Time
2: Moon Rise/Set Time for the given date
3: Sun Rise/Set Time for the given date
4: Moon Phase for the given date

Would just like to leave it open in some obscure place on my desktop. Is there something like that out there?


Dave,

This application is not a widget but I use it in my system tray and it provides a lot of info about the solar system, etc. I wrote about it here on my blog, gSky Digest – a Handy System Tray Tool?. There are a couple of screen shots too. This is free software, uses JAVA to run, however, it looks as if development has not progressed past 2008.

peace & clear skies,

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 03:49 PM

Carl, I got a couple of useful suggestions in this thread. But the gSky digest is almost perfect - thanks.

I'll also enjoy your blog. Thanks again.

dave

#7 Carl Kolchak

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 11:31 AM

Dave, I'm glad you found gSky Digest useful as I did. Lots of info in the system tray and easy to use. It's been a while since I have updated the blog most of the posts are old there. Life always seems to get in the way.

peace & clear skies,






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