Quote:my folks have just upgraded to some Samsung Galaxy Ace android 2.3 phones (from their older-style flips).dad is going to be using a dob with setting circles, so up to date info as to the placement of objects would be great (friend at the 2012 Merritt Star Quest uses something with his iPhone, but the app name fails me and I'm not even sure it's available for Android).if there are one's we should avoid, heads up on those would be appreciated a well!
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Quote:- Mobile Observatory - my main go-to astro app (surprise, not SSP!)
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Quote:I have tried Mobile Observatory several times and each time I was disappointed.Unless things have changed, it just doesn't have the databases nor the capabilities that make Sky Safari Plus or Pro the Android Apps that I use. Last time I looked MO only had the Messier and Calwell Catalogs, lacked the double star database, could not show shadow transits... Using Sky Safari is easy to find out when the planets rise and set, twilight times, (all six of them), the illumination of the planets... That there will be a shadow transit tonight.. now that is something worth knowing.Jon
Quote:That's why I still pull up SSPro later on
The downside to MO is not just the limited database, but also the charting aspects - panning around is slower than SSP on older phones.
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Quote:Some android apps on my Nexus S when it's in use:- SkySafari Pro- SkEye- Clear Sky Droid (clear sky chart) + widget- Astro Panel (another clear sky chart)- S&T Sky Week- Google Sky- Where is Io- PolarFinder- MoonPhasePro (phase display, widget)- Moon 3D (phase display)- GPS Essentials- FOViewer - Mobile Observatory - my main go-to astro app (surprise, not SSP!) for quick observation planning now and any date in the future, quick overview of all important rise/transit/set times, twilight, events, etc. I like the sun/moon widget.
Quote:We really don't need much of anything more in the way of databases. We need one that provides a good telrad/finder chart with zooming in to match what you see.
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