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#1 JohnnyBDubs

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:13 PM

I use Google Sky as my guide right now. I went to Barnes and Noble and all they had was "Dummies Guide to..." so I did not get anything. I will get one of the reference sky charts/books listed in the beginners sticky thread.

I would also like to know if there are any good apps for Android to help me out. There seems to be plenty for iOS.

Maybe I don't need any...please advise.

#2 stargazer424

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:21 PM

There are a few threads about this floating around, but my recommendations are:

SkEye - Similar to Google, but more robust

ISS Detector - lets you know if/when there are ISS passes and Iridium Flares

Astro Panel - Gives forecasts for visibility, seeing, cloud cover, etc...

Clear Sky Droid - Also gives forecasts for visibility, seeing, cloud cover, etc...but I like the interface of Astro Panel more

StarLog Free - Log Messier and NGC objects you saw

#3 John Kuraoka

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:31 PM

So far I've been satisfied with the free version of SkEye. It does, however, have some different star names than my star atlas, and sometimes its names for various clusters are relatively unknown.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:32 PM

I use Google Sky as my guide right now. I went to Barnes and Noble and all they had was "Dummies Guide to..." so I did not get anything. I will get one of the reference sky charts/books listed in the beginners sticky thread.

I would also like to know if there are any good apps for Android to help me out. There seems to be plenty for iOS.

Maybe I don't need any...please advise.


Johnny:

The short story: Sky Safari Plus or Pro. The Plus does everything you will even need to do, the Pro does everything you could ever imagine doing.

The long story:

I think I have tried them all, both free and fee... There was a time when there were no Android astronomy apps comparable to the iOS apps.. I even resorted to borrowing an older iphone to run Sky Safari.

But thanks to pestering from folks like myself, Bill and Tim at Southern Stars ported Sky Safari from the iOS to the Android. It's been a joy to use, it's a big help starhopping, it's a big help planning. For many objects, it includes detailed discussions of the object including observing tips, how to see it best. It's like having a super desktop planetarium on your phone or tablet that also has all the nice features available to a phone.

Sky Safari for the Android

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#5 JohnnyBDubs

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:43 PM

Thanks, that is pretty much what I was looking for.

#6 Tony Flanders

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:42 AM

I use Google Sky as my guide right now. I went to Barnes and Noble and all they had was "Dummies Guide to..." so I did not get anything.


As it happens, that's quite a good book.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:45 PM

+1 for the SkySafari.
I use it on my CPC1100 - besides being a great night sky reference; the scope control & go-to is perfect!!

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:31 PM

:waytogo:Skysafari plus here.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:20 AM

sky safari plus, dont bother with anything else, the cheaper version is pretty limited and the pro version has more stuff than needed, plus is the way and nothing on any OS compares to how good sky safari is.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:32 AM

Another quick chime in for Sky Safari. It really an awesome program. I have it for both iOS and for Android, and aside from TheSkyX on my PC, I've not found anything that compares.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:25 AM

Tally my vote for sky safari: plus on the phone, pro on the iPad here.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:09 PM

I just bought Sky Safari Plus last night for my Android phone. Money very well spent!

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 05:41 PM

I see that SkySafari requires Android 2.2 or better.

And here I am wuth two devices (Nextbook2 7" and generic Infotmic 10" ) running Android 2.1.Neither manufacture has an update to 2.2.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:11 PM

I see that SkySafari requires Android 2.2 or better.

And here I am wuth two devices (Nextbook2 7" and generic Infotmic 10" ) running Android 2.1.Neither manufacture has an update to 2.2.


That's unfortunate. :(

If one is looking to an Android device to run Sky Safari, make sure it has access to the Google Playstore, many inexpensive Android tablets cannot access the Playstore, it requires certification by Google.

Also required are a 1 GHz processor and Android 2.2 or higher.

It's best to look at southernstars.com for the requirements.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:19 PM

Sky Safari.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:39 AM

Here's what I use...

Android (my phone): SkySafari Plus, haven't found much else
iOS (my iPad): SkySafari Plus, honorable mention to Luminos
OS X (my iMac): SkySafari Plus, honorable mention to Stellarium

I think I see a trend developing...

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 05:28 PM

Google Sky now installed on 10" Android 2.1 tablet. We'll see if it works tonight.(it is an infotmic SAWEE 10 bought used,of course,just to see if a tablet would be of use).

Have to find the charger for the 7"!

Why do I nee a different ac adaptor for every device? :confused:

#18 Plasticos Jim

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:01 PM

One more vote for SkySafari - works great on a Nexus 10.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:15 PM

Sky safari plus, and I bookmark clear sky charts and another bookmark for the jetstream forcast. I use evernote for my observing list (basically just a plain text file), but am always looking out for new options I that department, so I actually use sky safari's observing list to log my observing as I go.. then export to evernote.. not the best system but what I do currently. I have skeye and other ones but I never use them since sky safari does all that better , with more precision and detail and object info. Its the tool to get if youre serious

id also recommend some rubylith film to protect your night vision (if it wasnt mentioned didnt read the whole thread)

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:30 PM

I use skykey on my Iphone can you use that? it was made by meade

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:21 PM

Astro Tools
SkEye
GPS Status

on Nexus4

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:47 AM

I have:

SkySafari pro
Astro Panel
Astro Tools
Clear Sky Droid
FOViewer Deluxe
Google Sky Maps
Meteor Shower Calendar (paid pro key)
Meteor Counter
Moon Phase Widget
Galaxy Zoo (Amazon market)
NEO Droid
SkyWeek
Star Chart - Amazon has done this as the "Free App of the Day" in the past.
StarLog - there are 3 different levels of this app.. the full paid version is cheap enough and it adds a lot of function best of all is probably the voice recording feature that tags to the specific log entry you're doing.
SunMoon
Loss of the night
Gps Status - I bought the pro key for this app because it's well put together and highly functional.
Telescope Flashlight
Night Filter Pro - there is a free version if you want to give it a go. I liked it so chose to support the developer.
LunarMap HD
SkEye Pro

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 02:01 PM

I got the "Star Chart" app on my Galaxy Tab, its been on there about three months now, no problems (What's really kind of neat is you can use it in daytime too to see what you would see if it was dark out.)






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