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Tom TAdministrator

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iAstronomy 1.0
      #4022750 - 09/02/10 06:10 PM

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Tom T]
      #4023371 - 09/02/10 11:58 PM

Nice write-up Tom. Wish they had more astronomy apps for android phones...google sky is fun, but not very serious.. maybe someday soon .

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #4023421 - 09/03/10 12:39 AM

Nice review Tom. I was blown away when I saw these apps on an Ipad swinging left to right. I think it's the future in fact we'll just have live video feed through them I suppose.

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Daniel Mounsey]
      #4023467 - 09/03/10 01:20 AM

Skyvoyager, Starmap Pro, Distance Suns, pUniverse, Starwalk, Apod, NASA are just a few of my favorite apps.

It is a great convenience to control my mount wirelessly via SkyVoyager on my iPhone. Especially very useful for Astrophotography.... centering the targets, framing etc becomes very easy with SkyVoyager.

Cheers

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: bilgebay]
      #4024304 - 09/03/10 02:11 PM

Voyager by Carina Mobile is a good one. They give nice description notes on each object and i run it wireless with my EM200 Temma

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Daniel Mounsey]
      #4025092 - 09/03/10 10:04 PM

Do you know of any which can help you plan for Jupiter satellite and shadow events?

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Tom T]
      #4025126 - 09/03/10 10:22 PM

Tom:

Excellent and timely article. Thanks a bunch for posting it.

Regards,

Jim


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4025678 - 09/04/10 08:41 AM

excellent. some apps i have not thought about (galaxy zoo). i have some recommendations:

FREE
iCSC = iClear Sky Chart
AstroCalc = telescope and eyepiece info
GoSkyWatchP (iPad) = planetarium

PAY
Starmap (iPhone,iPad) = Planetarium


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: eliomar]
      #4025856 - 09/04/10 10:33 AM

StarMap and StarMapHD are some of my favorites. The iPhone version was great to learn the sky but the iPad version has revolutionized my observing. The ability to create exact eyepiece views for your given set of optics in a package has allowed me to do far more finding in my mag 4 urban skies. With maps and other planetarium programs, it was always so difficult to star hop with the finder that I usually gave up in frustration. With StarMap, you are able to easily track your progress across the heavens so multiple hops are easy to execute.

Before StarMap, I really only had fun under urban skies with the deep sky if I used GOTO. StarMap made hopping so much fun that I elected to complete the last 30 objects of my Binocular Messier Observing Club from my backyard rather than go to a dark site. I am planning on using it to complete my Messier Club from home also. Truly revolutionary for me.


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: retina boy]
      #4028022 - 09/05/10 02:02 PM

Decent write up Tom! I had not heard of Galaxy Zoo so I am getting that for my iPhone. I had seen exoplanet, but it looks like it has been updated since I looked at it.

Some other great apps:
NASA-- It is the NASA app
Moon Phase-- I got this before Moon Globe came out, not bad but Moon Globe is better.
Moon Atlas--Another Moon atlas!
Distant Suns-- It was the highest rated program when I downloaded it, but there are always new planetarium programs coming out.

Something I discovered recently is iTunesU. It is lectures and class materials from Universities. I have been checking out University of Arizona so far, and there are about 10 lectures I have downloaded.


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #4029457 - 09/06/10 11:41 AM

Has anyone else downloaded Starwalk? OMG it is an amazing app! And GPS is accurate too to boot!

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #4034032 - 09/08/10 01:39 PM

Quote:

Do you know of any which can help you plan for Jupiter satellite and shadow events?




Mike,

Astromist provides some nice details on the Jovian moons, including shadow events. If this is important to you, it's the one I have that I would recommend. StarMap Pro and SkyVoyager/SkyGazer are nice and can show the view of Jupiter with the satellites, but I don't think they provide shadow events or the detail in terms of time and event. More info below.

Chris

In Astromist, if I click on Jupiter I can select Satellites, Red Spot or Events. From the help info for each:

Satellites: "Displays the relative positions of the Galilean satellites as seen from Earth. Jupiter is represented by the blue, vertical stripe. Move your finger along it to animate the image."

Red Spot: "Displays red spot (GRS) transit time (local time), Time in red means that GRS is visible. If not and icon indicates the reason (sun, jupiter not visible). Adjust lets you compute GRS longitude."

Events: "Calculates the Gallilean satellites' eclipses by and transits across Jupiter's disk for the given day. Slide your finger slogn the screen to change the date. Taps on the date to select a particular one." Here's an example for 11/02/2010 (CST)

Satellite Start End Event
Io 01h19 02h17 Eclipse
Io 20h17 21h16 Transit
Io 21h17 22h31 Transit+Shadow
Io 22h32 23h32 Shadow
Io 23h05 01h18 Occultation
Europa 00h41 02h41 Eclipse
Europa 21h59 00h40 Occultation

I think it sorts my Moon, then start time. Looks like the last event for each moon is really from the morning.

Edited by sirchz (09/08/10 01:43 PM)


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: sirchz]
      #4035337 - 09/09/10 12:25 AM

This was one of my favorite articles on CN. Looking forward to iAstronomy 2.0!

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Fimpster]
      #4063694 - 09/21/10 02:33 PM

Great article and great to see so many people interested in these applications.

My favorites on my IPOD Touch in order are...

Astromist (loved this on the Palm but so much better on IPOD Touch)
StarMap PRO - great application
SkyVoyager - good but I prefer it third to the others for various reasons
SkyGazor - this is the scaled down version of SkyVoyager - too simple for me, and anyone who needs more features and objects
StarWalk - cool but pretty basic
Distant Suns - cool but pretty basic
Planets - really easy but only about planets

And don't forget ICSC - Danko's Clear Sky Clock for the IPhone/IPod Touch

Timm


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: sirchz]
      #4205379 - 11/23/10 04:50 PM

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Mike,

Astromist provides some nice details on the Jovian moons, including shadow events. If this is important to you, it's the one I have that I would recommend.



I just found this thread, and via you, this app. I just downloaded it to my WM6.1 Samsung Omnia and I am amazed!! Thank you so much
Max


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: EastAnglian]
      #4246811 - 12/13/10 06:17 PM

Great article and some great follow-up recommendations. I just discovered an app called "Astro Planner". It seems particularly geared towards planning an observing session. Simple and easy to use with all the necessary info. This is exactly what I am looking for in an app.

Does anyone know if the Astromist program offers observation session planning? The app looks very powerful but perhaps not easy to use. The developers website has info on the Palm version but nothing for the iPad. Regardless, Astromist looks tempting.

Thanks! Steve S


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Tom T]
      #4246836 - 12/13/10 06:28 PM

When's the next installment coming? Been 3 months....

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: MikeB 2]
      #4247204 - 12/13/10 09:24 PM

Apps really are the future.

My 9 year old son created one (we have a friend making it into a usable app). Talk about "the kids of today"!!!!


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Moggi1964]
      #4247764 - 12/14/10 07:46 AM

Here are a few more for the iPod/iPhone/iPad:

Emerald Chronometer - has about a dozen various watch faces, but most of them have astronomical uses. Graphical displays of sunrise and sunset, equation of time, lunar phases, graphical display of when the each planet is visible, world time clock, graphical display of moon and sun in comparison to South, orrery, etc.
flyBy - When satellites will be visible
Space Images - pretty self-explanatory
Stars -


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #4277394 - 12/28/10 11:28 PM

I'd like to see some serious apps for Android. I have Google Sky Map, Moon Phase Pro and Moon Maps. I'd like to see a better Moon map app.

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: tecmage]
      #4277703 - 12/29/10 08:00 AM

FWIW there's now a port of Stellarium available on the Apple app store. I like it a lot on my iPod touch.

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: MikeB 2]
      #4315822 - 01/15/11 10:22 AM

The app Living Earth HD makes a great companion for Moon Globe. You get a detailed Earth view with the current cloud patterns from weather sats, updates q3 hours. You can pause, spin, zoom. Save favorite cities for temp and weather.

I wish you could animate the clouds a few frames. Nevertheless, brilliant!


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Daniel Laszlo]
      #4316345 - 01/15/11 02:48 PM

Star Walk is a good app. I believe it cost 1.99 in the app store. Point your phone anywhere in the sky and it shows you what star you're looking at. Plus it has the rise/set times for all the planets. Also you can select any dso,and it will guide you with arrows to the where the dso resides.And it has live satellite tracking. So, as far as I'm concerned its worth the money.

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: zjc26138]
      #4344818 - 01/27/11 07:16 PM

Thanks for the tips. I found some I had not heard of. I would like to recomend:

iEphermeris
Flyby
3D Sun
Iridium Flares
Distant Suns 3
ICSC

When will I be able to view Cloudy Nights in an iPhone native format?


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Daniel Laszlo]
      #4346516 - 01/28/11 02:05 PM

I wrote this app I'm glad someone brought it up here and really happy you like it!

Moshen

Quote:

The app Living Earth HD makes a great companion for Moon Globe. You get a detailed Earth view with the current cloud patterns from weather sats, updates q3 hours. You can pause, spin, zoom. Save favorite cities for temp and weather.

I wish you could animate the clouds a few frames. Nevertheless, brilliant!




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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: moshen]
      #4349279 - 01/29/11 07:46 PM

I almost choked when a buddy whipped out his iPhone and showed me the planetarium app, I don't remember what it was called.

He waved the cell phone around the sky and it kept the stars aligned in it to a tee.

Handy little gadget when you're trying to figure out what "that" is over there!

Good article, Thank you.

Edited by Craig in Tacoma (01/29/11 07:48 PM)


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: Tom T]
      #4351995 - 01/31/11 12:31 AM

Tom,

Great little article. Quite the teaser, though. You've got me waiting on the edge of my seat for Part 2. I was unaware of Moon Globe. No more. Wow! Keep up the good iWork, friend.

CDS


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: tecmage]
      #5431815 - 09/20/12 10:30 PM

I was a Stellarium user from way back when, and I found the app in the App Store last yeas after buying my iPod touch. It is a great app, but does not appear to be available in the App Store for US customers. Hopefully, that changes in the future. It's excellent for an observing aid.

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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: tecmage]
      #5475728 - 10/17/12 07:31 PM

I second Mike B's request.............When's the next installment coming out
Fred


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Re: iAstronomy 1.0 new [Re: hamdul]
      #5484460 - 10/22/12 10:46 PM

Here is what on my iPhone4:
APOD-Astronomy Picture of the Day
ESA-European Space Agency
Exoplanet-best app to keep up on current discoveries
Gas Giants-great tracker for the moons of Jupiter and Saturn
NASA
Moon Atlas- A awesome Moon mapping app, a lil pricey
Mars Atlas- again awesome but a little pricey
Stellarium
Sky Week Plus- Great app from S&T, only negative is some things require a paid subscription.

Hope this helps!


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