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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Observer Pro is now available on the App Store!
      #4810071 - 09/15/11 10:30 PM

I'm happy to say that Observer Pro is finally available to download from the App Store! Check it out at observerpro.com or on the App Store. Here's a general description of the features in the first release:

Observer Pro is a groundbreaking app for advanced astronomy planning. No more guessing when that galaxy emerges from behind that pesky tree. No more estimating how many hours you'll be able to image an object. Observer Pro gives every astronomer the info they need right at their fingertips!

Exclusive features:

Over 14,000 deep sky objects included, all with closeup reference photos. No need to download anything after install! Advanced sorting and search make it easy to sift through all of them to find which objects belong on your observing list.

Measure your local horizon in minutes with your iPhone 4*!

Unique charts completely take the guesswork out of predicting object visibility. Your house, trees, mountains, or any other obstructions are completely factored in to all visibility charts.

New to astronomy? The Popular List shows trending objects based on observations logged by Observer Pro users. Now you can view a list of the best objects to observe based on actual observations!

Keep a list of your favorite observing sites, each with their own local horizon. Compare object visibility between sites to find the best spot to setup your scope.

There's a lot to observe! Observer Pro gives you a place to maintain a list of your favorite objects as well as an observing list that you can take with you to the eyepiece (red-screen night mode is included). Observer Pro displays easy to see badges next to objects that are favorites or that have been observed.

7Timer! astronomical weather forecasts for your observing sites are viewable without leaving Observer Pro. They give you the outlook on cloud cover, seeing, transparency, and more!

Simple and intuitive interface makes all these powerful features readily accessible. You don't need to be a Certified Astro Geek to use it!


Clear skies!
Josh


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Denimsky
professor emeritus


Reged: 01/21/07

Loc: BC, Canada
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #4811102 - 09/16/11 02:00 PM

Josh.

I bought one for my iPhone.
I played around with it during the day and it looks very good. I'm looking forward to using the local horizon defining feature on my observing sites. That seems to be a killer feature for this app.

Thank you for the good app.


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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: Denimsky]
      #4811330 - 09/16/11 04:34 PM

Quote:

Josh.

I bought one for my iPhone.
I played around with it during the day and it looks very good. I'm looking forward to using the local horizon defining feature on my observing sites. That seems to be a killer feature for this app.

Thank you for the good app.




You're welcome. Thank you for the download!

The local horizon feature is really what motivated me to create the app. There's a lot of obstructions in my yard. I have a spot that I always setup at because it seems to have the most sky. After I created and started using Observer Pro I now have three different spots I regularly setup at. I love being able to see definitively which spot will give me the most hours to image a given object and when I'll first be able to see it.

Have a great weekend!
Josh


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dkb
sage


Reged: 07/23/08

Loc: Minnesota
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #4811745 - 09/16/11 09:15 PM

Any plans for an iPad version?

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Astrosetz
professor emeritus


Reged: 10/05/03

Loc: Wisconsin
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: dkb]
      #4812361 - 09/17/11 09:32 AM

I'm running it on my iPad now and it works fine, although a version that took advantage of the ipad's larger screen would be most welcome

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dkb
sage


Reged: 07/23/08

Loc: Minnesota
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: Astrosetz]
      #4812558 - 09/17/11 11:16 AM

Quote:

I'm running it on my iPad now and it works fine, although a version that took advantage of the ipad's larger screen would be most welcome



I would like to make sure there won't be a separate "HD" version of the app separate from the current version so I wouldn't have to pay another $10 to get the iPad version if I buy the iPhone version now.


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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: dkb]
      #4812796 - 09/17/11 01:30 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I'm running it on my iPad now and it works fine, although a version that took advantage of the ipad's larger screen would be most welcome



I would like to make sure there won't be a separate "HD" version of the app separate from the current version so I wouldn't have to pay another $10 to get the iPad version if I buy the iPhone version now.




An iPad optimized UI is high on the list. Observer Pro will be a universal application, no separate version for the iPad.

Josh


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dkb
sage


Reged: 07/23/08

Loc: Minnesota
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #4813140 - 09/17/11 05:18 PM

Thanks for the response Josh! Another purchase..

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Trombone
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 07/11/05

Loc: Canadian west (and north!)
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: dkb]
      #4813262 - 09/17/11 06:33 PM

Purchased! The horizon definition is the killer aspect of this ap. I look forward to utilizing it.

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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: Trombone]
      #4818716 - 09/20/11 05:40 PM

Just sent an update to Apple (1.0.1). Fairly minor but important improvements:
  • Added ability to remove entries from your observing history.
  • Added Satellite and Hybrid options to map view.
  • Fixed bug that caused crash when viewing Open Clusters catalog with sort by name.
  • Disabled editing of 'Device Location' observing site name and location. Wasn't really editable before but the distinction wasn't very clear.
Thanks for the great feedback!
Josh


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Thomas Karpf
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 02/09/09

Loc: Newington, CT
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #4822095 - 09/22/11 02:53 PM

Observer Pro looks useful.

It also looks an awful lot like AstroPlanner for the PC.


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Sirius76
Vendor-Dark Skies Apparel
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Reged: 05/11/07

Loc: Chicago, Il
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #4823558 - 09/23/11 11:27 AM

Any plans for an Android version?

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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #4823991 - 09/23/11 04:41 PM

Quote:

It also looks an awful lot like AstroPlanner for the PC.




It is definitely in the same category. Although not as fully featured as desktop observing planning software, I tried to create a mobile-friendly planning tool that still contains the most important information. Observer Pro is heavily focused on object visibility right now because that was what I wanted most when I started creating it. As I continue to work, Observer Pro will get more capable and extend into other realms of observing (not just DSOs).

Clear skies!
Josh


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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: Sirius76]
      #4823995 - 09/23/11 04:43 PM

Quote:

Any plans for an Android version?



Yes, I would like to port Observer Pro over to Android but it probably won't be for a while.

Clear skies!
Josh


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Thomas Karpf
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 02/09/09

Loc: Newington, CT
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #4824037 - 09/23/11 05:14 PM

ITunes is installing Observer Pro as I type...

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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #4824093 - 09/23/11 05:57 PM

Thanks all for the downloads! I really appreciate your business. Please don't hesitate to leave feedback/suggestions here or direct to me. If you really like the app, feel free to leave feedback on the App Store too

Clear skies!
Josh


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Astrosetz
professor emeritus


Reged: 10/05/03

Loc: Wisconsin
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #4824791 - 09/24/11 07:50 AM

Two suggestions:

1. Ability to sort the observing list like you can with catalogs. If I put a list together I would like to quickly sort in order imshould observe them on a given night.

2. Solar system objects (at least the planets)


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Astrosetz
professor emeritus


Reged: 10/05/03

Loc: Wisconsin
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: Astrosetz]
      #4824793 - 09/24/11 07:53 AM

Oh, by the way, I've been showing it to every amateur astronomer I meet. Next week I'm doing the program at our astronomy club and I'm going to show it to about fifty more people then as well!

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Traveler
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 08/19/07

Loc: The Netherlands
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: Astrosetz]
      #4825232 - 09/24/11 12:47 PM

I'm curious what your club members think about this app, Astrosetz. Please let us know.

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Joe Cepleur
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 03/18/10

Loc: Dark North Woods
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: Traveler]
      #4827610 - 09/25/11 08:41 PM

I have beta tested and even consulted on the design of a number of astronomy apps for iPhone, and have been frustrated that not one programmer jumped at the suggestion to write an app with Observer Pro's capabilities. "Too hard," they all said; "no good way to design such an interface." I am not a programmer, and so was unable to code it myself. I just stumbled across Observer Pro, and am glad to hear Josh has written my dream program. Thanks, Josh! I'll download it and follow this page. Bet it is great, and will only get better!

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