Dear colleagues! Let me introduce you the new advanced astronomy app posted to the Google Android market today - the Deep Sky Observations Planner. Please, welcome the new kid on the block!
Almost three years ago, together with a friend of mine, we have decided to employ our Android programming skills on a spare time and make a dedicated and highly pliable hand-held tool to support our long term passion - the Deep Sky Objects visual observing... After 2 years of intense field use and gradual home polishing that Android based app became so efficient for the task and joyful to use that we have decided to improve the effort and generalize our ideas... And finally, now we are ready to share our invention with the world!
We believe the resulting application is extremely simple to understand and really easy to use for planning the night and for the sky navigation right at the telescope's eyepiece, even single handed, or while resting in the chair between observing sessions. Yet it is so powerful and flexible, that you can plan your entire Deep Sky observing night while dark-adapting in the dusk, and you can alter your plans on the fly any time in between! And all of that without taking out the joy of manually hopping with your telescope between stars if you so wish!
No matter how complex your observing program usually is, the DSO Planner can be adapted almost to anything you might have in mind for the night, thanks to the infinitely extendable DSO databases pool, which you can manage and build yourself exactly to your liking, share both ways with other users of the app, and surely by downloading them online (conversion might be required), and to the specialized objects filtering wizard and the simplified database request language as well.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg! What would you say about totally custom databases with any information you want to have at hands? Fast switchable multiple observing lists? Databases for your telescopes and eyepieces? Offline images for all NGC/IC (from the famous http://www.ngcicproject.org project)? Downloadable and manageable right on the star chart DSS images? DSO contours? Integrated voice and text notes database for each object? Social networks data and observation lists sharing, including right on Cloudy Nights? Data importing and exporting? Marked objects batch operations? Advanced Telrad tool? A blindly operated astro-flashlight? Integrated smart launcher for third party astronomy applications with shared clipboard? Several interface skins and fine-tunable colors for every element of the star chart? Three gyro-compass modes? User horizon line, editable right on the phone? Temporary objects? Fast object filtering presets? And a whole lot of application behavior settings, which you can tune up to your liking, making the app really your own tool?
DSO Planner app is still in the non stop development, we have a lot of amazing ideas still waiting implementation and the passion to make this tool perfect over time! And we may definitely consider implementing your own ideas as well, especially if they have a social vector!
We are still working on a decent English user manual for the app (both of us aren't native English speakers), so don't judge it too hard yet: http://www.dsoplanner.com We don't yet have a dedicated users support web site either. That's why I'm hoping to be able provide some direct and overall guidance and help for the users right in this topic for now, or you can use our team's joint e-mail address: email@example.com for any questions. The integrated bug tracking facility of the app will help you to report any issues on your particular Android device directly to us with a tap of a button.
The light/demo version of DSO Planner (with the reduced capacity stars databases and some limitations) is in the working, and will be available soon.
All the Best,
Edited by halx, 20 August 2014 - 06:19 PM.